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BAGNERIS LAW FIRM

History of Agriculture Street Landfill Case
Agriculture Street Landfill Class Action

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/timeline_of_the_agriculture_st.html#incart_related_storiesLATEST DEVELOPMENT - POSTED APRIL 23, 2015

A series of news articles have been published regarding the plight of the Agriculture Street Landfill community. I am posting links to them here for class members who may be out of town and may not have seen them. http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/agriculture_street_landfill_gr.html; http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/agriculture_street_landfill_ne_1.html#incart_story_package; http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/timeline_of_the_agriculture_st.html#incart_story_package; http://videos.nola.com/times-picayune/2015/04/agriculture_street_landfill_re.html#incart_story_package; http://photos.nola.com/4500/gallery/agriculture_street_landfill/index.html#/0; http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/04/agriculture_street_landfill_re.html;

As always, I strive to keep our clients informed regarding all developments in this case. 

As of today, there have been no appeals filed in this case. If there are no appeals filed, then landfill clients can expect to receive a partial distribution of funds in May 2015.  I know that many of you are disappointed with the partial settlement that has been reached in this case with HANO's insurance companies. However, it is ALL of the money that we have been provided to distribute at this time. The City of New Orleans refuses to pay you. The Housing Authority of New Orleans refuses to pay you. The Orleans Parish School Board refuses to pay you.  We won a Judgment in your favor and they refuse to pay it!  In the section of this website entitled Facts Regarding the Landfill Settlement, I have provided you with contact information for the City of New Orleans' Mayor's Office; the City of New Orleans' Attorneys; the Housing Authority of New Orleans and its attorneys; the Orleans Parish School Board and its atorneys; and the City Council members. Political action is probably necessary to make these entities do what is right and what is just.  Political pressure is needed to make them compensate you. We have fought the hard battle in the courtroom. Now, it is time to take the battle to the board rooms. I feel your frustration. I share your frustration. I have dedicated 21 years of my life to fighting this battle for you. I am not giving up and I need you to continue to fight with me.

On February 25, 2015, Judge Tiffany Gauthier Chase issued a Partial Final Judgment approving the Class Wide Settlement betwen the Plaintiffs and National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. The Court approved the Class Wide Settlement between the Plaintiffs and U.S. Fire Insurance Company. Both insurance companies provided insurance coverage to HANO at times pertinent to this litigation.  The Court awarded Class Counsel a fee in the total amount of 35.55% of the gross amount of the "common benefit fund," to be divided equally among Class Counsel Suzette Bagneris, Joseph M. Bruno, Linda S. Harang, Stephen B. Murray, and George J.G. Roux.  The Court further awarded 5.45% of the "common benefit fund" to Class Counsel to reimburse documented litigation costs and expenses. Finally, the Court approved a cost reserve for administrative costs and expenses in the amount of 10% of the gross "common benefit fund."  The Court acknowledged that the Class members reserved all of their rights to pursue the remaining defendants in this class action - the City of New Orleans, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, and the Orleans Parish School Board - for all sums that there defendants are liable to pay to the Class members, in accordane with the previous Judgments and Orders of the Court. A copy of the Partial Final Judgment is posted on this website. A few months must pass while appeal delays run. If there are no appeals filed, then the Claims Administrator will issue settlement checks by mail to all class members who were awarded funds in this Class Action. 

There are five other attorneys working on this case on behalf of the claimants: Suzette Bagneris [504-552-4828];  Joseph Bruno [504-525-1335]; Linda Harang [504-297-1245]; Stephen B. Murray (Robin Myers) [504-593-6999]; and George Roux [504-581-2177]. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE ATTORNEYS TO REPORT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS. THE ATTORNEYS CANNOT ADDRESS THE AMOUNT OF ANY ALLOCATION. THE AMOUNTS WERE DETERMINED BY THE SPECIAL MASTER.



 

    Bagneris Law Firm
    Post Office Box 6129
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70174
    Phone: 504-552-4828

    Email: sbagneris@bagnerislawfirm.com