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ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Toxic Court stacks deck against formaldehyde victims

TOXIC COURT rules Forest River Trailer did not cause Plaintiff's injury

The second TOXIC FEMA Trailer Trial is complete resulting in no award for the plaintiff. This trial, as was the first, was held with Federal Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt excusing FEMA even being a part of the action. The judge picked the cases to first heard, and selected weaker cases with black plaintiffs, and then allowed juries to be almost entirely white.
Hundreds of thousands American disaster survivors were exposed to dangers of formaldehyde in FEMA housing after Katrina and Rita. FEMA knew their victims were in danger and did nothing but protect themselves. The struggle to demand accountability for the US Government's actions and or in-actions is ongoing. Without FEMA being included in the trials the court appears to have managed to protect the defendants. The court's resistance to allow the victims to get their day in court with FEMA appears intentional is appalling. The government continues to ignore the fate of these victims.
Being a Katrina survivor, I see my community steadily recovering from the hurricanes, but continue witness the health effects and suffering of my neighbors caused by the governments profit over people policies and FEMA's lack of accountability.
The more I see of this litigation, I more I believe that there may be a "fox is in the hen house". On the day of the verdict of the first trial, Senator David Vitter , R (LA) announced his commitment to Formaldehyde Council's stand to block regulations for formaldehyde in building product. The lobby effort has been successful in blocking safe indoor air quality laws since the late 70s when EPA disclosed the dangers of formaldehyde in residential housing. The Senator has endorsed the Formaldehyde Council, building product industry and FEMA's "keep the victims ignorant" policy. The out come of these cases will have a direct effect to members of the formaldehyde Council and Vitter's cronies. With Vitter's hand in the pocket of the Formaldehyde Council; why is David Vitter's former campaign finance manager and very, very best friend the Judge Kurt Engelhardt orchestrating this litigation? Vitter helped Engelhardt get appointed to the bench.
The Plaintiff lawyers continue the long hard fight to protect the rights and the health of people that were fell victim to the flawed FEMA toxic housing plan. These trials are not over and you can get your chance to tell your story about FEMA's arrogant assault on you family and neighbors.
Many victims have moved and changed telephone numbers since they registered with lawyers. If you have filed legal actions against FEMA, it is suggested that you contact your lawyers to make sure that your contact information has been updated.
Jesse John Fineran