Meeting with Government Attorneys.
The leadership team met today with attorneys from the Government. The Court ordered this meeting, for the purpose of discussing streamlining the litigation. To ensure the overall litigation is manageable for the Court and for the Government, the parties discussed the use of ‘representative properties’ which will be the properties that go to trial with the concept of establishing liability for the entire upstream flood pool. The details of the process are being finalized. We expect there will be between 10 to 20 properties that serve as test properties for the upstream side (and an equivalent number on the downstream side).
Leadership has identified several clients that we think would be good representatives. The evaluation is ongoing, so we may reach out to others to include the best properties to move this litigation forward for all upstream flood victims. For those clients who are not a ‘representative property’, your case will be filed with the Court and your basic information will be submitted. The plan is to push those cases ahead as far as possible (on issues such as damages and jurisdiction) while the representative cases proceed. At the appropriate time, our legal team will ask the Court to treat the representative cases as a ‘class’ so that, if the test cases are successful, then everyone benefits from a positive liability finding against the government. It is important to recognize that all flood victims will be on this same track. But only our clients will be considered as potential upstream class representatives.
At our meeting on Saturday, we will explain this plan in more detail.
Town Hall Meeting: January 6 at 1:00 PM.
As a reminder, we are planning another information session for clients and other upstream flood victims who want to learn more. We will discuss the status of the case and the plans for recovery and, of course, take questions.
The meeting will be on January 6, starting at 1:00 PM, at the Four Points by Sheraton Houston Energy Corridor, located at 18861 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77094. Here is a link to the location. We will have signs at the lobby to direct you to the meeting location.
In addition, we have set up different places to get information and/or send us questions. Please feel free to access these resources and/or pass them (or even this email) along to your neighbors. Getting the word out about the case and our meetings will be a big help to us and the affected upstream flood victims. Please check out our page on Facebook for more information. And please like and share the page, so your friends and neighbors can get involved in the meetings and discussion as well. You can also get information on upstream flood victim issues through our Twitter feed.