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Washington Group International Prevails in Floodwall Breach Class Action

On April 12, 2013 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found Stone Pigman client Washington Group International ("WGI") not liable for damages resulting from two floodwall breaches along the east bank of the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal in New Orleans, inundating the Lower Ninth Ward and upper St. Bernard Parish.  Plaintiffs alleged that WGI, now URS Energy & Construction Company (a subsidiary of URS Corp.), undermined the floodwall while performing environmental remediation work in the area immediately adjacent to the floodwall, pursuant to a contract with the Army Corps of Engineers.

After seven years of litigation and three weeks of trial, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr. found that Plaintiffs did not prove that WGI’s remediation work involving excavations required for environmental cleanup actually caused the two floodwall breaches.  A team of attorneys led by William Treeby and James Gulotta represented WGI in the litigation along with co-counsel from Jones Day.  In Re:  Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation, Case No. 05-4182, E.D. La. (Duval, J.).

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