November 28, 2018 – Civil District Court Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott ruled against the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board and in favor of 11 Uptown homeowners suing for damage to their property as result of the SELA drainage project, awarding well over half a million dollars.  In a judgment signed yesterday,  the Court awarded $483,779.97 to 10 residents and $94,429.51 to a separate plaintiff, all of whom claimed property damage to their homes, loss of use and enjoyment as a result of the massive construction project that has taken place right outside their homes.

The judgment was handed down in the second of what will be many trials. So far, 21 claims have been tried by the Court, leaving more than 280 to go.   Attorney for the homeowners, Michael Whitaker, is not surprised that the Court once again found the agency liable. “There is no question of liability in these cases. The Court made that ruling in the first trial.  It is a travesty that the Sewerage and Water Board refuses to save taxpayer money and settle or mitigate these claims.  Instead, it has chosen the more expensive route, paying attorneys’ to go to trial on each one of these cases.”  The Court also ordered the Sewerage and Water Board to pay the plaintiffs’ reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, amount to be determined at a hearing at a later date. The next round of cases is slated to go to trial on January 7, 2019.



The law may allow recovery for your loss. Help is available.The attorneys at Bruno & Bruno and the Whitaker Law Firm have joined together to represent the interests of the Uptown residents. Please contact us for a consultation!

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30 years of practice – Michael T. Whitaker is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in California representing the interests of residential and commercial property owners in complex, multi-party actions involving defective or damaged homes and businesses.

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37 years of practice –Joseph M. Bruno is widely regarded as a creative, energetic and outspoken advocate of victims’ rights, particularly in difficult and complex cases of liability. He is a defender of class action procedures, seeing them as an important balancing tool in our complex society.

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