Louisiana Parish Jurors Settle Debris Lawsuit

August 29, 2012

The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has voted to give its attorney the authority to settle lawsuits related to Hurricane Gustav debris removal.

Hurricane Gustav hit the city of Baton Rouge with 100 mph plus winds and took the roof off of the Alpha Kappa Alpha alumni-house in the downtown area. Barry Bahler/FEMA

Phillips and Jordan Inc., a firm the Louisiana jury chose to pick up and dispose of storm debris after the 2008 hurricane, filed suit in 2010 after being paid only a little more than half of the $4.12 million the company said it is owed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused in 2009 to reimburse the parish for leaning trees and broken or partially broken limbs hanging over public rights of way that threatened public safety.

FEMA reimbursed the parish $2.12 million in 2009.

The Advocate reports jurors authorized the settlement Monday following an executive session with their attorney.

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