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Verdict is in over "toxic" trailers


NEW ORLEANS (KWWL) - A jury has rejected a New Orleans family's claims that the trailers issued by FEMA after Hurricane Katrina were defective and contained dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

In Federal court, it took a jury of five men and three women only a few hours to come back with a verdict in a case alleging government-issued trailers exposed victims to potentially hazardous fumes.

They rejected claims made by the plaintiff, Alana Alexander, and her 12-year-old son, and released the trailer's manufacturer, Gulf Streams Coach, and the government contractor, Fluour Enterprises of any wrongdoing and liability in the case.

Juror Roy Pierce said his heart was with the family, but there wasn't enough evidence to prove their case.

There are similar complaints about FEMA homes in Iowa.
Some homes for flood victims showed high levels of formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde can cause burning eyes, breathing problems, and even cancer in some cases.

Online producer:  Adam Amdor

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