Judge certifies one of three subclasses in Katrina bridge blockade lawsuit.

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune

A federal judge has partially certified a class action lawsuit against the Gretna Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for barring pedestrians from crossing the Crescent City Connection in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on Monday ruled that one of three proposed subclasses can move forward to trial as a class: A group of about 200 Regional Transit Authority employees, their families and friends who tried to cross the bridge the day after the Aug. 29, 2005, storm whose tidal surge caused levee failures that flooded the city.

The ruling leaves the plaintiffs’ attorneys considering whether to amend their case to name as many as 140 people as individuals who do not fall under a subclass.


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