Deal Could Resolve FEMA Trailer Claims

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Lawyers are negotiating a possible settlement of thousands of claims against a trailer manufacturer accused of supplying the federal government with shelters that exposed Gulf Coast hurricane victims to hazardous fumes.

While settlement talks continue, a federal judge agreed Wednesday to postpone a trial for a New Orleans woman's lawsuit against Fleetwood Enterprises Incorporated.

A plaintiffs' lawyer and a Fleetwood attorney said they are negotiating an agreement that would resolve all the claims that victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita filed against the Riverside, California-based company and its insurers.

Elisha Dubuclet's suit claims elevated levels of formaldehyde in her family's FEMA trailer aggravated her daughter's eczema, a skin condition, and increased her cancer risks.

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