(HARVEY) Trials

for both upstream victims and downstream victims were moving fairly rapidly through the courts before the government shutdown. Test cases for upstream claims were set for February 19 and test cases for downstream claims were to begin April 8.
When the government shutdown occurred, the upstream case was pushed to May 7, 2019.
However, right before the shutdown, a new judge was assigned to the downstream cases (Judge Loran A. Smith). Judge Smith is now denying motions to get the case back on track. Instead, he actually is going to hear the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit on March 13.
This has the potential to be a tremendously devastating loss for the Houston community and for all of the homeowners (including The Pines) affected by the release of the dams after Tropical Storm Harvey.

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