November 21, 2017
On November 20, 2017, the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (“CFC”) issued an appointing Armistead “Armi” Easterby of Williams Kherkher LLP as Co-Lead Counsel for the purposes of conducting pre-trial discovery, dispositive motions, and the trial that will determine whether the Government is liable under the 5th Amendment’s Takings Clause for the Army Corps’ operations of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs before, during, and after Tropical Storm Harvey. In the Order, Chief Judge Susan Braden indicated that one of the reasons for appointing Easterby as Co-Lead Counsel was “to ensure the interests of individual plaintiffs are represented,” since Williams Kherkher LLP has not filed class action lawsuits.
Dozens of plaintiffs’ lawyers from all over the country submitted applications for these Lead Counsel positions. “We’re deeply honored to have been entrusted with such a critical role for this important case,” stated Easterby, a Williams Kherkher partner who has been licensed in the Court of Federal Claims for nearly 20 years.
Williams Kherkher filed the first individual lawsuit in the CFC on behalf of 10 Upstream residents whose homes were flooded as a result of the Army Corps’ operation of the Addicks and Barker Dams and Reservoirs. Since then, Williams Kherkher has filed additional Complaints on behalf of 295 plaintiffs. Those cases are Abdou v. United States, case no. 17-1786; Ahmad v. United States, case no. 17-1780; Aponiuk v. United States, 17-1798; and Boone v. United States, 17-1805. These lawsuits seek compensation under the 5th Amendment for property damage resulting from the Army Corps’ authorized activities. The alleged damages include the costs to remediate and repair the flood damage, damages associated with diminished real property values, and the costs associated with repairing or replacing flooded personal property, such as furniture and clothing.
Williams Kherkher is accepting more of these inverse condemnation cases and will continue to file additional lawsuits on behalf of property owners affected by the Corps’ authorized actions. Williams Kherkher has created a dedicated website – -- for these inverse condemnation cases, which includes FAQs, maps, and other pertinent material, as well as additional information about the Court’s November 20, 2017, Order and upcoming deadlines.
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