Porteous Baton Rouge managing partner “principal” player in Katrina Road Home settlement approval

Charles L. Chassaignac was one of the “principal” forces for successful settlement of historic Hurricane Katrina litigation according to Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson . A small team of adversaries, including Mr. Chassaignac on behalf of the insurers, worked with the court to bring “tens of thousands of Katrina-related insurance claims to resolution with balance, order, and relative speed and economy, given the extent of the challenge.”

Magistrate Wilkinson’s The Long Road Home: Mass Settlement of Katrina Homeowners Claims in Federal Court, 62 Loy. L. Rev. 373, is the definitive insider’s chronicle of this Gulf Coast natural disaster turned litigation tsunami.

“Principal credit for the successful Road Home settlement approval procedure … must be
attributed to” Dan Reese and Frank C. Dudenhefer, Jr. on behalf of the State of Louisiana, Joe Bruno as plaintiffs’ liaison, Seth A. Schmeeckle and Ralph S. Hubbard, III as defendants’ liaison and Mr. Chassaignac on behalf of the court-appointed insurer defendants’ litigation committee. Id. at p. 398.

For our community which suffered so much and our clients whose exposure was minimized so effectively through Mr. Chassaignac’s efforts, Porteous, Hainkel and Johnson, L.L.P. is proud to know him as one of our own and sincerely thanks Magistrate Wilkinson for kindly recognizing these talented professionals.

Much credit must be given to Magistrate Wilkinson for skillfully bringing partisan interests together to accomplish a goal satisfying the broadest interest of the public he serves.

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