First FEMA Trailer Suit to Open

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 8:05am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury will soon begin hearing testimony in one of the first trials over whether Gulf Coast storm victims were exposed to potentially dangerous fumes while living in government-issued trailers.
Jury selection begins Monday for the lawsuit against trailer maker Gulf Stream Coach Inc. The lawsuit was filed New Orleans resident Alana Alexander and her son, Christopher Cooper.
However, the federal government won't be on trial.
Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled last month that a two-year statute of limitations bars Cooper's claims against the government. Lawyers say they plan to appeal that ruling.
Hundreds of consolidated lawsuits claim FEMA trailers exposed residents to formaldehyde, which can cause breathing problems and is classified as a carcinogen.