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Ackerson v. Bean Dredging LLC, 07-30272

In an action claiming that defendant-contractors' dredging activities caused environmental damage to protective wetlands in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed where the dredging was authorized by statute and plaintiffs did not allege that defendants exceeded their Congressional authority or in any way deviated from Congress's direction or expectations.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/25/2009
  • Published 11/25/2009


  • OWEN, Circuit Judge:, Before REAVLEY, STEWART and OWEN, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Camilio K. Salas, III (argued), Salas & Co., New Orleans, LA, Albert J. Rebennack, Metairie, LA, for Fellosea and Gilbert Ackerson, Cathy and Frederick Adams, Jean Addison, Reed, and others., Terrence L. Brennan, Francis J. Barry, Jr., Kelly Elizabeth Theard, William E. Wright, Jr., Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA, for Bean Dredging LLC, Bean Dredging Corp., C.F. Bean LLC, C.F. Bean Corp., Bean Horizon Corp., Bean Horizon LLC, Bean Stuyvesant LLC, Stuyvesant Dredging Co., Stuyvesant Dredging, Inc., Stuyvesant Dredging Co. LLC and Royal Boskalis Westminster NV., A. Gordon Grant, Jr., Philip S. Brooks, Jr., Montgomery, Barnett, Brown, Read, Hammond & Mintz, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA, for Gulf Coast Trailing Co., TLJIC LLC and T.L. James & Co., Inc., James H. Roussel, Nyka Marie Scott, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., New Orleans, LA, William Paul Ferranti (argued), Duane M. Kelley, Winston & Strawn, Chicago, IL, Gene C. Schaerr, Winston & Strawn, Washington, DC, for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC of LA, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. of DE, NATCO Dredging LP and Great Lakes Trailing Co., James A. Cobb, Jr., Galliano, LA, John Francis Emmett, Waits, Emmett & Popp, New Orleans, LA, for Weeks Marine, Inc., Samuel Bryan Gabb, Plauche Smith & Nieset, Lake Charles, LA, for Mike Hooks, Inc., William J. Larzelere, Jr., T. Justin Simpson, Larzelere, Picou, Wells, Simpson, Lonero, Metairie, LA, for Luhr Bros., Inc., George M. Gilly, Evans Martin McLeod, William Joseph Riviere, Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA, for Manson Constr. Co. and Manson Gulf LLC., AndrĂ© J. Mouledoux, Clarence William Emory, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA, for Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., Richard A. Cozad, Emma Alexandra Mckinda, McAlpine & Cozad, New Orleans, LA, for King Fisher Marine Serv., Inc. and King Fisher Marine Serv. L.P., Sarang Vijay Damle, Mark Bernard Stern, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civ. Div., Kara K. Miller, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Torts Branch Civ. Div., Washington, DC, for U.S.