|By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN; MICHAEL KUNZELMAN The Associated Press|
There won't be any windfalls for their clients, either. A string of court rulings has insulated the federal government from liability for billions of dollars in flood damage that many residents and business owners have blamed on the corps' shoddy design, construction and maintenance of the region's system of levees and floodwalls.
The courts have been a dead end for many other plaintiffs seeking compensation for
Only a handful of
But most of the civil litigation spawned by the 2005 hurricane already has been resolved, usually to the plaintiffs' detriment.
Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge
Duval's recent order essentially was a formality. The fate of those cases was sealed more than a year ago, when a federal appeals court reversed itself and overturned Duval's landmark ruling that the federal government wasn't immune from lawsuits blaming flood damage on the corps' operation and maintenance of a
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