frustration; some claimants complained when they discovered that only onehalf of the fund was available for compensation.
Toxic chemicals detected in the Gert Town sewer|
| October 1987|
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality|
orders Harcros to dispose of chemical waste in sewers
| March 3, 1988|
Remediation of Harcros site begins|| May 1989|
Complaint filed|| September 28, 1989|
Defendants seek removal to federal court|| December 26, 1989|
Judge Mentz denies motion to remand case to state|
| April 2, 1990|
Judge Mentz remands case to Louisiana state court|| January 11, 1991|
Preliminary class certification|| March 24,1993|
Defendants' petition to Louisiana Supreme Court for|
review of jurisdiction denied
| November 11, 1994|
Deadline for submission of claim forms|| May 1995|
Settlement reached|| April 22, 1996|
Preliminary approval of settlement|| May 31, 1996|
Cutoff for objections|| September 9, 1996|
Nine-day fairness hearing begins|| September 9, 1996|
Final approval order|| October 17, 1996|
As part of our research on this litigation, we interviewed attorneys on both sides of the case as well
as the Court Appointed Expert. We also reviewed court documents, newspaper accounts, litigation
reporters, and records from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana
Department of Environmental Quality.
Atkins v. Harcros Chemicals, Inc., No. 89-23976 (La. Dist. Ct. Orleans Parish 1996).
In the Matter of Thompson-Hayward Chemical Co., VVT-88-032 (La. Dep't of Environmental Quality
decided Jan. 23, 1995) (hereinafter Slip Opinion).
The characterizations of Gert Town provided here and throughout the chapter are taken from
descriptions given in our interviews.
Atkins v. Harcros Chemicals, Inc., 638 So. 2d 302, 303 (La. Ct. App. 1994), cert. denied, 644 So. 2d
396 (La. 1994).
Proposed Zone/ Phase Point System, Appendix C to Report of Court Appointed Expert on Issues of
Allocation ( Sept. 17, 1996).
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