Class Action Suit Settled

The largest mass settlement to date of claims over the FEMA travel trailers supplied to victims of Hurricane Katrina was agreed to by nearly a dozen manufacturers including Thor Industries, Recreation by Design, Play-Mor Trailers, Cruiser RV and Skyline. According to TheNewsStar, the $14.8 million was based on occupants sickened by the higher than acceptable levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt must now approve the deal. He has presided over three other settlement claims against manufacturers of FEMA travel trailers; in all three cases the companies won. People who lived in the trailers following Katina are eligible for their share which will be determined by a court-appointed agent. If the deal goes through, has learned, nearly half of the money will go for legal and other costs.

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