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Judge tosses Miss. claims over trailer fumes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Plaintiffs' attorneys plan to appeal a judge's dismissal of claims against the federal government by Mississippi storm victims who say they were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled last month that a Mississippi law shields the federal government from negligence liability for providing free shelter in response to a disaster.

Justin Woods, a lead plaintiffs' attorney, said Thursday that they plan to appeal that ruling and a similar decision in May dismissing Louisiana residents' claims against the federal government.

The judge said plaintiffs' attorneys couldn't cite any law that says the Federal Emergency Management Agency was obligated to provide tens of thousands of free trailers to victims of the 2005 storm.

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