Stephanie Grace’s effort to put a happy face on the recently dismissed South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East coastal erosion lawsuit is really an attempt to put lipstick on a pig.
When all is said and done, it’s still a pig.
In my view, this lawsuit, and the contract the board entered into, were flawed from the beginning. Proof positive of which is the fact that the lawyers, who still stand to make millions either off the taxpayers or the energy companies, have been allowed to hijack the process and leave the board as not-so-innocent bystanders.
The plaintiff lawyer has plainly stated that the only control the board has is to fire him and his firm; otherwise, it’s his show and the board (the taxpayers, really) can either pay him now or pay him later when the costs go up.
As a lawyer, I have rarely seen a government agency contract resemble anything close to this badly flawed contract, as it seems to hold a public body and the taxpayers hostage to the interests of the attorney.
In December 2013, 16 peer levee boards represented by the Association of Levee Boards in Louisiana voted to condemn this lawsuit (only SLFPA-E voted to support it).
The time has long passed for the SLFPA-E to heed that collective wisdom and pull the plug on a suit that should never have been filed in the first place.