Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Unleash the lawyers
We are not ready to get over it, to just move on. Also Sen. Mary Landrieu's meek announcment that she will demure to his decision is also unacceptable, and we have to let her know in no uncertain terms that this will be her last term in public office if she is not prepared to continue to fight for justice for us.
We need this forum in Washington not to humiliate the incompetent, but because it presents us the opportunity to make our case that we are entitled to full compensation for the losses caused by the Federal Flood. Ultimately it is in the Federal's best interest to pay, for the same reason they opened up the federal purse after 9-11: to save a major industry from bankruptcy.
Our second don't-miss story from last week was the ruling awarding both a settlement and $2 million in punitive damages to a Mississippi couple in their lawsuit against Allstate opens every other insurance company on the Hurricane Coast to a similar judgement.
Apply that to 80,000 displaced Orlenian households gets us to $160 Billion, and we haven't even touched on people outside of Orleans Parish. If the Feds will not pay full compensation to the victims of the Federal Flood then we need to go after the only other deep pocket available: the insurance companies. We will have to do this, and potentially bankrupt the two largest property-and-casualty carriers in the nation, because the Federals and in particular the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to hide from their responsibility behind soveriegn immunity.
If we have no other avenue than to bankrupt several of the nation's largest insurance carriers, then I saw let it begin. It will be just too damn bad if that ends home sales and construction in the U.S. and forces millions into bankruptcy when they lose the insurance required by their mortgage. They will simply be in the same boat as tens of thousands of Orlenians.
All of those homeowners and construction workers and realtors, well, they'll just have to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps and figure out some way to get on with their lives, just as we are asked to do.
Or the Congress can act as they did after 9-11, not out of sympathy for the victims but out of fear of the bankruptcy of the airlines and other industries, and payout what they in fact owe us. The choice is now up to them
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In the Mississippi cases there was little or nothing remaining after the storm surge, so the evidence of what actually happened was either lost of nonexistent.
In the vast majority of New Orleans cases it is pretty easy to determine what was caused by flood and what was caused by wind. Most houses suffered no wind damage, only slow immersion.
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