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FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Class Action Settlement
By Matt O'Donnell
Victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita who were housed in hazardous, government-issued FEMA trailers will receive $42.6 million from a class action lawsuit settlement that was approved Thursday. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt granted Final Approval of the FEMA trailer settlement on September 27, 2012, which will provide $37.5 million to roughly 55,000 residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas paid by more than two dozen manufacturers of the toxic FEMA trailers. Residents can also file claims to receive shares of a separate $5.1 million class action settlement with FEMA contractors that installed and maintained the units.
The FEMA trailer class action lawsuit (entitled In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2:07-MD1873) was filed after government tests in 2008 found dangerously high levels of formaldehyde in hundreds of trailers. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can cause severe health problems to those exposed to it. FEMA trailer occupants had complained of health problems such as nosebleeds, headaches and breathing problems.
If you suffered symptoms or injuries as a result of formaldehyde exposure in a Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer provided by the U.S. government which was manufactured,installed, maintained or refurbished by one of the below-listed Manufacturers and/or Contractors following Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita, you may be eligible to receive a cash payment from the FEMA trailer class action lawsuit settlement.
The FEMA trailer class action settlement includes the following Contractors, along with some of their insurers, as Defendants:
Bechtel National, Inc.; CH2M HILL Constructors, Inc.; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; Shaw Environmental, Inc.; Jacquet Construction Services; PRI/DJI, A Reconstruction Joint Venture; Project Resources, Inc.; American Radiation Services, Inc.; B & I Services, L.L.C.; Davis Professional Accounting Services, Inc. a/k/a Davis Professional Services, Inc.; Multi-Task, L.L.C.; DC Recovery Systems; MLU Services, Inc.; Smith Research Corporation; T-Mac, Inc.; TKTMJ, Inc.; and Del-Jen, Inc.
The following Manufacturers are also included in the FEMA trailer settlement:
If you are not sure whether you are included in the FEMA trailer formaldehyde settlement, you can call the Settlement Administrator toll-free at 1-800-728-1628 or visit the website www.FEMAFormaldehydeLitigation.com.
The amount of money you can receive from the FEMA class action settlement will be based on a Class Benefit Formula approved by the Court. If you received any Medicare/Medicaid/TRICARE/Veteran’s Administration/Indiana Health Services benefits, some or all of these amounts may be deducted from your settlement.
The ONLY way to receive a payment from the FEMA trailer settlement is to complete and submit a Claim Form postmarked by October 12, 2012.
Claim forms and more information on your rights in the FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.FEMAFormaldehydeLitigation.com. Detailed instructions on how to file a claim for the FEMA trailer settlement can be found in our Open Lawsuit Settlements section.
Updated October 1st, 2012
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