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Fifth Circuit finds Army Corps of Engineers not liable for Katrina damage

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Monday that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) [official website] is not liable for damages caused by canal breaches that occurred during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Monday's ruling overturns a previous decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] issued by the same three-judge panel in March. Plaintiffs claimed that the impact-review requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) constituted a legal mandate that overrides...

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