The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is not
liable for the tens of thousands of trailers, some of which were found to have
dangerously high levels of formaldehyde, provided to Gulf coast hurricane victims.
Today, the agency goes before U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt in New
Orleans seeking dismissal from a series of suits regarding the toxic trailers.
The Associated Press reports the agency’s lawyers are arguing that FEMA
purchased all of the trailers from contractors under the understanding that the
products would be safe and that the law provides the government with clear
immunity in such cases. Plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that FEMA actively
coordinated efforts with contractors and should, to some extent, be held
responsible. Plaintiffs are asking the judge for class action status in the
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