NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A federal judge says the government isn't
immune from lawsuits claiming many Gulf Coast hurricane victims
were exposed to potentially dangerous fumes while living in
trailers it provided.
Friday's ruling says there is evidence that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency delayed its response to concerns about
formaldehyde levels in its trailers due to liability concerns. The
preservative can cause breathing problems and is classified as a
Lawyers for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita have accused
FEMA of negligence.
But the judge says the agency is shielded from liability over
its decision to shelter tens of thousands of people in the trailers
in the first place after the 2005 hurricanes.
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