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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 01:31 PM

(NOLA) Saenger Theatre manager pursues class-action suit against Hard Rock Hotel developers


By Ramon Antonio Vargas

A manager at the Saenger Theatre is pursuing a class-action lawsuit against those in charge of building the adjacent, half-finished Hard Rock Hotel, whose collapse Oct. 12 not only killed and injured construction workers but also forced nearby businesses to close and residents to be displaced. The suit filed individually by Kerri Brunson joins a series of other complaints seeking damages from the main players of the ill-fated construction project, which authorities say is still unstable.

However, while most of the other suits so far come from workers who were injured at the site when the top floors suddenly collapsed, Brunsonís demands compensation for owners of businesses whose operations were interrupted by the catastrophe. It additionally aims to make employees of those businesses whole, as well as residents who havenít been able to get back to their homes after the collapse closed an area surrounding the busy intersection of Canal and North Rampart streets to traffic.

The suit, filed Oct. 16, hasnít received approval to proceed as a class action. But it argues that Brunson and other potential plaintiffs are owed for ďpast, present and futureĒ inconvenience and loss of income, among additional damages. A spokeswoman for the consortium in charge of the hotel development didnít immediately respond to a request for comment about Brunsonís suit Monday. Previously, the consortium, 1031 Canal Development LLC, has issued statements offering sympathies to all affected by the collapse.

The collapse of the upper floors of the unfinished Hard Rock Hotel killed three workers and sent numerous others to area hospitals. Investigators havenít publicly identified cause for the collapse. But, in their lawsuits some injured workers have accused those in charge of the project of using inadequate materials and supports at the job site while ignoring complaints from worried laborers.

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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 06:40 AM

1. this is our biggest disaster since the oil spill

or maybe the radioactive waste, even interrupting the saints game for the crane implosion. ms Cantrell says it is costing the city $400k per day which seems very low.

I sure hope they figure out what went wrong, but my guess is the contractors will blame it on the lowest paid workers and go bankrupt to avoid liability.

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