Louisiana City Settles Lawsuit Over Neglect

January 23, 2014

It took two votes, but the Lafayette City-Parish Council introduced an ordinance authorizing a $775,000 legal settlement with former City-Parish Attorney Steven Dupuis Sr. and his wife.

The Advertiser reports the ordinance approved Tuesday comes up for final adoption in two weeks. It authorizes City-Parish President Joey Durel, on behalf of Lafayette Consolidated Government, to purchase Dupuis’ home and property for $775,000.

The purchase is part of a settlement agreement to conclude a 2009 lawsuit the couple filed alleging the city of Lafayette, La., did not maintain Coulee Mine, a concrete coulee behind their home. The lawsuit claims a crack developed in the coulee, causing their property to erode.

Sinkholes appeared and the couple claims cracks developed in their house.

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