How about an appetizer of Rigsby Qui Tam and Katrina RICO news?

RICO first – before it’s too old to call “news”.   After an October status conference, the case was stayed until the 19th of December.  A status conference with Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson is now set for the 13th of January.

Now, for Rigsby Qui Tam and a new Order from Judge Senter.

That the Relators’ motions [242] [243] [248] [250] to dismiss this action as to Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.; Jade Engineering; Exponent, Inc.; and Structures Group are GRANTED.

SO ORDERED this 5th day of January, 2009.

Just two bites, sorry, but Gagne v State Farm is up next; and, believe me, it’s so filling that it has to be served in courses.

Getting our housing in order

The Stafford Act and the FEMA response and recovery plans are designed to offer temporary relief and then repair damaged structures. It was obvious very early that they will not work to rebuild whole cities, counties, parishes where much of the public infrastructure was destroyed, but we spent years haggling over the cost to repair or rebuild every building, every sewer pipe, every street. From the beginning, the Administration’s response to every proposal from Congress, MS, or LA was that they did not want to create new programs or establish new precedents.

Brian Martin’s comment provided what I’ve needed for days – a lede into this discussion of the housing controvery on the Coast as a result of FEMA’s one-size-fits-all rules.

Post-Katrina housing, always a hot-button issue, has never been a hotter.

Thousands of cottages housing hurricane victims on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be vacated next month, even though many of their occupants aren’t ready to move and may have no place to go if forced out.

Not only is the housing issue hot, for Sop, it is a very personal one – that’s his  slab in the SLABBED logo at the top of the page – and he’s far from alone.

  • Housing issues are personal to my friends who are trying to sell rental property because the higher post-Katrina insurance rates mean the low income population on the Coast can no longer afford low-income housing.
  • Housing issues are personal to the friend-of-a-friend – one of the many low-income workers who can not afford housing – who fears his family will soon be homeless without the FEMA rent subsidy.