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Agriculture Street Landfill Class Action Lawsuit Update


UPDATED: July 8, 2022 | $75 MILLION JUDGEMENT

 

$75 million dollar Judgment rendered by Judge Nicole Sheppard

In the final step of this three-decade-long case, Judge Nicole Sheppard granted a $75 million dollar judgment in favor of the 5000 claimants in the Agriculture Street Landfill Class Action. The City of New Orleans and the Housing Authority of New Orleans are appealing this Judgment.

The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee is lobbying the City, HANO, and HUD to pay this Judgment.

Here is the link to the news article: https://www.nola.com/news/environment/article_defc7b04-a49e-11ec-9761-b726801505d0.html

$35 million dollar allocation to Residents of Gordon Plaza

The Plaintiffs’ Legal Committee has no information about the $35 million City Council allocation to Residents of Gordon Plaza, LLC. It is our understanding from public media reports that this money has been allocated by the City Council in large part for the development of a solar farm in the former Agriculture Street Landfill Neighborhood. $2 million dollars of the $35 million have been paid to a law firm called Sher Garner to facilitate land transfers to the City from residents of Gordon Plaza.

While we have avidly demanded the relocation of residents from the Gordon Plaza neighborhood since 1993, we believe that the City of New Orleans is being disingenuous in its support of the community. While promising to pay $35 million to Residents of Gordon Plaza, the City and HANO are fighting the $75 million dollar judgment that Judge Sheppard granted in favor of the entire 5000 claimants in the appellate courts.

If you need more information about this matter, or you want to express how you feel about the City and HANO continuing to fight against this community, we encourage you to call the following representative of the City of New Orleans:

City Council Member Helena Moreno
City Hall, Room 2W40
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1060
Fax: (504) 658-1068
helena.moreno@nola.gov

Here is the link to the news article: https://thelensnola.org/2022/06/23/city-council-approves-35-million-for-gordon-plaza-residents-relocation/