Robert "Bob" Hilliard, of Hilliard, Munoz Guerra Law Firm based out of Corpus Christi, Texas has just returned from New Orleans where he was one of the trial lawyers in the Nation’s first FEMA toxic trailer trial. The trial, Alexander vs. Gulfstream and Fluor which began September 14, 2009 in Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is now set to hear closing arguments.
The federal jury will decide whether or not the Gulfstream trailer manufacturer and Fluor Corporation are responsible for the plaintiffs exposure to the cancer-causing gas: formaldehyde. This is the first of many trials yet to be heard to determine if in fact dangerous levels of formaldehyde effected the displaced residents of the Gulf Coast who were provided with FEMA travel trailers after Hurricane Katrina.
The jury’s verdict is expected late today or tomorrow.
Hilliard will hold a press conference at his office immediately after the verdict to discuss the trial and its implications for other similar cases that are pending as part of a class action suits filed in New Orleans.
"This case is just another example of the aftermath left by Hurricane Katrina and the innocent victims who were clearly at the mercy of big business and politics as usual."-Bob Hilliard