One Katrina victim files '$3 quadrillion' claim for suffering

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Katrina's victims ask for huge checks By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jan 9, 10:09 AM ET

Hurricane Katrina's victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering — including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.

A whopping $3,014,170,389,176,410 is the dollar figure so far sought from some of the largest claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.

Of roughly 489,000 total claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.

"That's the mother of all high numbers," said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.

For the sake of perspective: A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007. A stack of one quadrillion pennies would reach Saturn.

Some residents may have grossly exaggerated their claims to send a message to the corps, which has accepted blame for poorly designing the failed levees.

"I understand the anger," Scott said. "I also understand it's a negotiating tactic: Aim high and negotiate down."

Daniel Becnel, Jr., a lawyer who said his clients have filed more than 60,000 claims, said measuring Katrina's devastation in dollars and cents is a nearly impossible task.

"There's no way on earth you can figure it out," he said. "The trauma these people have undergone is unlike anything that has occurred in the history of our country."

The corps released zip codes, but no names, for the 247 claims of at least $1 billion. The list includes a $77 billion claim by the city of New Orleans. Fourteen involve a wrongful death claim. Fifteen were filed by businesses, including several insurance companies.

Little is known about the person who claimed $3 quadrillion. It was filed in Baker, 93 miles northwest of New Orleans. Baker is far from the epicenter of Katrina's destruction, but the city has a trailer park where hundreds of evacuees have lived since the storm.

Katrina, which is blamed for more than 1,600 deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi, is considered the most destructive storm to ever hit the U.S. It caused at least $60 billion in insured losses and could cost Gulf Coast states up to $125 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Most of the claims were filed before a deadline that coincided with Katrina's second anniversary, but the Corps is still receiving them — about 100 claims have arrived over the past three weeks — and is feeding them into a computer database.

The Corps said it isn't passing judgment on the merits of each claim. Federal courts are in charge of deciding if a claim is valid and how much compensation is warranted.

"It's important to the person who filed it, so we're taking every single claim seriously," Corps spokeswoman Amanda Jones said.
 

Chino Kapone

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"im rich biatch!"
 

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I would love to see her mafematics.
 
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"There's no way on earth you can figure it out," he said. "The trauma these people have undergone is unlike anything that has occurred in the history of our country."
You have got to be kidding. I'm pretty sure we've had floods in this country before. Obviously the magnitude is greater simple because of time but I don't think this is the worst tragedy in American history.
 

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The only problem I can see from Katrina is not enough DIED!
 

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You have got to be kidding. I'm pretty sure we've had floods in this country before. Obviously the magnitude is greater simple because of time but I don't think this is the worst tragedy in American history.
I'm surprised they're not suing mutha naycha for throwing that monstrosity their way to begin with.

But notice this ass said the trauma they had undergone is unlike anything this country has seen in it's history.

So...I guess with "anything", they're saying Katrina was worse than the September 11th attacks (over 3,000 deaths), Pearl Harbor (2,350 deaths), which both by the way, had absolutely no warning for the citizens, the Civil War, Revolutionary War, both World Wars, Vietnam, the San Francisco earthquakes of 1906 and 1989 (also no warning), Hurricane Andrew, Hugo, Camille, and Galveston 1900 (upwards of 12,000 deaths). Yeah, that sounds fair.
 

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I'm surprised they're not suing mutha naycha for throwing that monstrosity their way to begin with.

But notice this ass said the trauma they had undergone is unlike anything this country has seen in it's history.

So...I guess with "anything", they're saying Katrina was worse than the September 11th attacks (over 3,000 deaths), Pearl Harbor (2,350 deaths), which both by the way, had absolutely no warning for the citizens, the Civil War, Revolutionary War, both World Wars, Vietnam, the San Francisco earthquakes of 1906 and 1989 (also no warning), Hurricane Andrew, Hugo, Camille, and Galveston 1900 (upwards of 12,000 deaths). Yeah, that sounds fair.

OWNED!!!
 

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How can you sue the gov't for a natural disaster? "whaa"
 
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they should factor out the amount of money in televisions and stereo systems that were stolen.
 

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You can't.

However, poor stoopid people tend to live in clusters, thus then, why they "think" they can sue and win.

I'd like to see the lawyer that took these case...:nuts:
 

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What do you expect, its like the Boondocks said a couple of weeks ago. New Orleans' ******* are the grimest ones around. I mean I'm all for victims of the Katrina getting what's theirs to rebuild their lives, but fucking suing for a natural diaster, give me fucking break. That goes for anybody suing black or white.
 

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A lot of people in NO and Mississippi are getting FUCKED by their Insurance company's. That's where the real problem is, those fuck faces stalling people to settle for a lower amount then what people expected or need to rebuild.
 

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Ehh, her lawyer will take half of it when she wins.
 

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The part thats annoying to me is that people were told to get out of the area three days before it happened and they decided not to. They hoped for the best but got the worst, and now its the governments fault and they want all this compensation. Its bullshit. If every weatherman in the country was telling me to get out of my area because my house would be under water, I would be getting the fuck out of the area even if I had to walk.
 

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So...I guess with "anything", they're saying Katrina was worse than the September 11th attacks (over 3,000 deaths), Pearl Harbor (2,350 deaths)
I consider Katrina much different than 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. Those two were more about loss of lives while Katrina was more about loss of home, livelihoods and property. I'm not saying that didn't happen during 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, but the consequence of both is really quite different. So I think it's fair to say that it's unlike "anything" except maybe Sherman kicking Confederate ass. Burn it all General, burn it all.

That being said, 3 quadrillion?
 

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I consider Katrina much different than 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. Those two were more about loss of lives while Katrina was more about loss of home, livelihoods and property. I'm not saying that didn't happen during 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, but the consequence of both is really quite different. So I think it's fair to say that it's unlike "anything" except maybe Sherman kicking Confederate ass. Burn it all General, burn it all.

That being said, 3 quadrillion?

that happens with every flooding. n.o. is no different than anyplace that has been flooded. check around and you will find cities that have been flooded out, just not as big as say n.o.

im suprised they didnt ask for anything else like grape soda, life time supply of chicken and so on
 

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Now I have enough cigarettes to last me and my family the rest of our lives.
 
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Well I don't even have to read the story to know that it's a dumb black motherfucker that filed that claim. Just imagine how much chicken that would buy.

$3 quadrillion would be enough money to build those nignogs houses made of gold with the best of everything technological made today that they could smear grease all over.
 

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Let's all sing a James Brown song. At least that's who I think sang it or wrote it or something.

Living in America..........
 

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Well I don't even have to read the story to know that it's a dumb black motherfucker that filed that claim. Just imagine how much chicken that would buy.

$3 quadrillion would be enough money to build those nignogs houses made of gold with the best of everything technological made today that they could smear grease all over.
I think there may have been a misunderstanding. The balloon who filed the 3 quadrillion dollar claim isn't suing for that amount, he just listed his 3-year-old daughter Quadrillion's name on the lawsuit.