FEMA Trailer Settlement

date: 05/30/2012

New Orleans residents are still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The problems they face are exemplified greatly through what happened with the FEMA trailers. Trailers that were built as temporary housing for hurricane victims ended up getting people sick.

Companies that both manufactured and installed these trailers have agreed to pay approximately $43 million to settle lawsuits which allege that the trailers made people sick due to high levels of formaldehyde in them. Formaldehyde, which is classified as a carcinogen, can cause serious health issues such as breathing problems. In addition, exposure to formaldehyde is linked to leukemia and nasal cancer.

Companies like Gulf Stream Coach, Inc., Forest River Inc., and others agreed to pay the plaintiffs. Also, contractors like Bechtel Corp, Fluor Enterprises Inc., and others who helped build the trailers have reached an agreement with the plaintiffs.

About the Author:

Lulaine Compere is a writer and research analyst for RD Legal Funding, LLC, a specialty litigation finance company based out of the United States. They have offices in New Jersey and California.

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