Here come the lawsuits--Katrina never ends

Discussion in 'Campfire' started by rjet, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. rjet

    rjet Well-Known Member

    Here come the billion and quadrillion dollar lawsuits. I bet most filing have probably lived off the govt their whole life. I hope we dont pay a dime, we have given enough money already to the slackers. :mad: People live below sea level/ rebuild there and blame the damn govt. I am so sick of this crap, is too bad New orleans didnt slide into the ocean, and all those suing along with it. More people should have perished. :mad:

    Katrina victim sues U.S. for $3 quadrillion
    Federal government hit with 489,000 damage claims after hurricane

    Katrina plaintiff seeks $3 quadrillion
    Jan. 7: One Hurricane Katrina victim is seeking $3 quadrillion from the U.S. government. MSNBC's Willie Geist reports.

    updated 11:40 a.m. CT, Wed., Jan. 9, 2008
    NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Katrina's victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering — including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.

    The total number — $3,014,170,389,176,410 — is the dollar figure so far sought from some 489,000 claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.

    Of the total number of claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.

    "That's the mother of all high numbers," said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.

    For the sake of perspective: A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007. A stack of one quadrillion pennies would reach Saturn.

    Some residents may have grossly exaggerated their claims to send a message to the corps, which has accepted blame for poorly designing the failed levees.

    "I understand the anger," Scott said. "I also understand it's a negotiating tactic: Aim high and negotiate down."

    Daniel Becnel, Jr., a lawyer who said his clients have filed more than 60,000 claims, said measuring Katrina's devastation in dollars and cents is a nearly impossible task.

    "There's no way on earth you can figure it out," he said. "The trauma these people have undergone is unlike anything that has occurred in the history of our country."

    The corps released zip codes, but no names, for the 247 claims of at least $1 billion. The list includes a $77 billion claim by the city of New Orleans. Fourteen involve a wrongful death claim. Fifteen were filed by businesses, including several insurance companies.

    Little is known about the person who claimed $3 quadrillion. It was filed in Baker, 93 miles northwest of New Orleans. Baker is far from the epicenter of Katrina's destruction, but the city has a trailer park where hundreds of evacuees have lived since the storm.

    Katrina, which is blamed for more than 1,600 deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi, is considered the most destructive storm to ever hit the U.S. It caused at least $60 billion in insured losses and could cost Gulf Coast states up to $125 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Most of the claims were filed before a deadline that coincided with Katrina's second anniversary, but the Corps is still receiving them — about 100 claims have arrived over the past three weeks — and is feeding them into a computer database.

    The Corps said it isn't passing judgment on the merits of each claim. Federal courts are in charge of deciding if a claim is valid and how much compensation is warranted.

    "It's important to the person who filed it, so we're taking every single claim seriously," Corps spokeswoman Amanda Jones said.

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  2. TheBattman

    TheBattman Select Member<br>2010-11 Deer Hunting Contest Winn

    I will not even merit this with a reply because it makes me think some truly un-Christlike thoughts.

  3. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    Oh never mind, that language ain't allowed here. :mad:
  4. flydown

    flydown Well-Known Member

  5. x2 unless you can say...................well nevermind, i like to stay in decent standing around here
  6. huntin4bb

    huntin4bb Well-Known Member

    Note to self........ when the news says there is a hurricane coming... RUN, GET OUT OF TOWN. If they would have done this instead of celebrating that they survived the hurricane, they would not have been there when the levees broke. New Orleans is a crooked town, ran by crooked politicians. A modern day Sodom and Gomorrah
  7. johnf

    johnf Well-Known Member

    If that's true that's over $6Billion per claim. $6,163,947,626 to be exact. You could buy a lot of meth for $6 Billion.:smack:
  8. hawgpharm

    hawgpharm Well-Known Member

    East End
    so its the governments fault they did not leave when a massive hurricane was approaching and now they think they are entitled to 3 quadrillion dollars? i think i better not post what i really think about that whole situation.
  9. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    I won't use any words to comment, because I cannot think of any that I would be able to use to describe how incredibly pissed off that I am about this! :mad: :mad: :mad:

    RAMBUSTER Well-Known Member

    All I can say is......:down: :down: :down: :down: and.. :boohoo:
  11. flintknapper

    flintknapper Moderator/smokepole pimp

    Mercy, that's a boat load of frog skins. :cool:

    A guy I know from Monore has a t-shirt that reads "NEW FEMA EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN: RUN M:censored: ER F:censored: ER, RUN!" That should have been the plan from the start, apparently.
  12. chaley

    chaley Well-Known Member

    The lesson learned here is to never live in a "bowl" that is surrounded by water.
  13. millennium man

    millennium man Well-Known Member

    And expect the goverment to come evacuate you and rebuild everything you lost when you know inevitably at some point in time that a Hurricane is going to hit. Why didn't oll mayor Naggin or the state goverment have a better plan for such events?
  14. bayman1975

    bayman1975 Select Member<br>2014-2015 Deer Hunting Contest W

    When you have a emergency response incident like Katrina in New Orleans, there is an order to things. First, the City has to respond in an effort to save it's self. When the City resources run out, they request assistance from the County. When County resources run out, they request assistance from the State, and then they request assistance from the Federal government when the County resources run out. Which, at that time, the President declares it a National Disaster, and tells the Director of FEMA to handle the situation. All of this takes several days to come about. The City of New Orleans wanted to go straight to FEMA for help. It doesn't work that way.

    Never mind the fact that, the City of New Orleans was given 20 plus million dollars that year to evaluate, and repair/reinforce their levees to help prevent something like this from happening. But, instead of doing that, they decided to use the money to bolster up their Casino tourist trade.
  15. millennium man

    millennium man Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clearing that up Bayman 1975! I figured there should be a sequence to that whole thing.
  16. Down on the White

    Down on the White Well-Known Member

  17. CDay

    CDay Well-Known Member

    I feel the government (taxpayers) have spent more than enough to help out with New Orleans.

    This is what happens when you have so many dependent on government funding such as welfare, disablity ( which most really ain't disabled) food stamps, etc. They get to were they can not do anything for themselves and are never satisfy with what they are given for doing nothing.
  18. beltcutter

    beltcutter Well-Known Member

    So slavery wasn't as bad as we we've been led to believe? Hmmmmm.