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Venue Changed in Ark. Campground Flood Suit

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September 19, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

A federal judge says that lawsuits over the deadly 2010 flash flooding at Albert Pike campground in Arkansas should be heard in Texarkana.

Texarkana Gazette reports that U.S. District Judge Donald Walter signed an order last week transferring two cases from Shreveport, La., into the Texarkana division of the Western District of Arkansas

Several civil lawsuits have been filed by relatives of the 20 people killed in the flash floods at the campground. The suits all cite negligence on the part of the U.S. Forest Service as the cause for the deaths.

The government has filed motions to dismiss many of the cases, claiming the suits are barred under Arkansas' recreational use statute and by sovereign immunity.

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