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BP worker killed at Texas City refinery

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A supervisor at BP Plc's Texas City, Texas, refinery died on Monday of head injuries suffered when a heavy metal lid blew off a unit during a restart, his family's lawyer and BP said on Tuesday. William Joseph Gracia, 56, an employee of the refinery for 30 years, was helping prepare a […]

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BP Settles More Lawsuits

More than 100 lawsuits against BP about a series of fatal 2005 blasts should be settled by next week, the plaintiffs’ attorney said Monday. The pending settlement may get the company’s CEO off the hook from having to testify before a federal court. Still, BP’s top executive, John Browne, may have to give a deposition […]

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FEMA to curtail trailer use, offers buyback proposal

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cease using travel trailers to house disaster victims and will buy back any surplus trailers sold to the public as recreational vehicles. "FEMA will refund the purchase price of any recreational vehicle sold, within the last 12 months, directly to an occupant, upon repossession of the unit," […]

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Suit Accuses Insurance Company of Fraud

GALVESTON, Texas – Four Galveston County residents have filed a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. They claim the TWIA, which is the insurer of last resort for 14 coastal counties, committed fraud in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Plaintiffs' attorney Tony Buzbee said the TWIA issued a memo two months after the storm, […]

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Dozens of Katrina victims sue FEMA over fumes in trailers

A group of Gulf Coast hurricane victims sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday for sheltering them in trailers that allegedly exposed them to dangerous fumes. The complaint filed in federal court adds FEMA as a defendant in a batch of consolidated cases against several manufacturers that provided the agency with tens of thousands […]

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FEMA to curtail trailer use, offers buyback proposal

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cease using travel trailers to house disaster victims and will buy back any surplus trailers sold to the public as recreational vehicles. "FEMA will refund the purchase price of any recreational vehicle sold, within the last 12 months, directly to an occupant, upon repossession of the unit," […]

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Lawsuit Filed Over FEMA Trailers

INDIANAPOLIS – There are developments in the FEMA trailer upheaval that I-Team 8 exposed just last month. FEMA is taking the heat, now the heat is on the manufacturers of the trailers and many of them are in Indiana. A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Louisiana this week. Hundreds of hurricane victims claim […]

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Lawsuit targets makers of trailers

More than 500 South Louisiana residents who contend that living in government-issued travel trailers since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has exposed them to dangerously high levels of formaldehyde have targeted the trailer makers in a federal lawsuit. The suit alleges the manufacturers used substandard materials from foreign countries in a rush to fill Federal Emergency […]

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Local RV manufacturers are facing a class-action lawsuit

(WSBT) Several local RV manufacturers are facing a class-action lawsuit. It centers around government-issued trailers provided to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana. The suit includes more than 500 people. They claim high levels of formaldehyde in the trailers made many of them sick. "We have four families that lost loved ones. We have […]

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Makers of Katrina Trailers Sued

More than 500 hurricane survivors living in government-issued trailers are suing the manufacturers, claiming their use of substandard materials exposed them to dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The suit seeks to force the manufacturers to remove materials containing formaldehyde from the trailers, the Associated Press reports. The complaint claims the companies ignored usual quality control standards to quickly […]

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