NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Claim forms are now available as part of a class action settlement approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The settlement is related to the alleged failures and overtopping of levees and other flood and water control structures during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Known Settlement Class members should have recently received a claim form in the mail. The deadline to submit a claim is April 30, 2015. Claims can also be submitted online at www.surveygroup.com/LeveeBreachClaim.
Three settlement funds totaling approximately $19.3 million as of September 30, 2014 have been established. After fees, costs, expenses and Class Representative awards are paid, remaining settlement funds will be paid to individuals and businesses who submit valid claims by April 30, 2015.
Settlement Class members may request a payment for one or more of the following types of claims:
- Property Damage (residential)
- Contents Damage (residential)
- Other Individual Claims
- Resident Claims
- Non-Resident Claims
- Visitor Claims
- Death Claims
- Survival Claims
- Wrongful Death Claims
- Property Damage (commercial)
- Contents (commercial)
- Loss of Business Income
A Detailed Notice, available at www.LeveeBreachClass.com, has more information about these claim types, estimated payment amounts and who is eligible to submit a claim.
The underlying lawsuit alleged that levees and other flood and water control structures failed and/or were overtopped as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita because they were not properly designed, inspected, or maintained, and that this failure caused property damage, personal injury and other losses. The Settling Defendants said that the levees failed for reasons beyond their control and that they did not do anything wrong.
Only members of the Settlement Class are eligible for a settlement payment. The Settlement Class consists of individuals, businesses and other entities who:
(a) at the time of Hurricane Katrina and/or Rita (1) were located, present or residing in the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard, Louisiana, or (2) owned, leased, possessed, used or had an interest in homes, places of business or other property in these parishes, and
(b) had any losses, damages and/or injuries in any manner related to, or in any manner connected with Hurricane Katrina and/or Rita and any alleged levee failures and/or waters that originated from, over, under or through the levees under the authority or control of the levee district defendants.
To get more information regarding the claims process, Settlement Class members may write to: Levee Breach Claim Center, PO Box 64181, Saint Paul, MN 55164-0181.
SOURCE United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana