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Agriculture Street Landfill Class Action Lawsuit Update


UPDATED: January 12, 2024

On December 5, 2023, the Louisiana Supreme Court brought this 30 year long litigation to an end by affirming the Plaintiffs’ Judgments against the City of New Orleans and Housing Authority of New Orleans.  There are 5002 class action claimants who resided, owned homes, and/or owned businesses and/or worked on the Agriculture Street Landfill site. There are judgments awarding the entire class compensable damages for emotional distress and diminution of property value in the amount of $76,323,455.71. 

There was already an UNPAID Judgment in favor of 65 individual plaitiffs who went to trial in 2009 in the amount of $3,988,856.33

There was already an UNPAID Judgment in favor of the children and employees of Robert Moten Elementary School in the amount of $14,859,423.94.

THERE IS NO MONEY AVAILABLE TO DISTRIBUTE TO THE CLASS MEMBERS BECAUSE THE CITY, HANO AND THE OPSB HAVE NOT PAID THEIR JUDGMENTS.

We have entered into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the CITY and HANO agreeing to seek a federal or state funding source to pay these Judgments.

We have sought assistance from Congressman Troy Carter in helping us to identify available funding, and he has agreed to help us.

The other attorneys who are court-appointed are Joseph Bruno, Sr., Linda Harang, George Roux, and Stephen B. Murray. 

$35 MILLION PAID BY CITY TO HOMEOWNERS IN GORDON PLAZA IS COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO THIS CASE.

“$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/