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Hospital settles post-Katrina wrongful death suit

Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in New Orleans and its corporate parent have settled a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a 73-year-old woman who died after Hurricane Katrina left the hospital without electricity. Terms of the settlement with Althea LaCoste's family were sealed. The suit was expected to test the limits of hospitals' liability for disaster planning. But the settlement leaves the larger legal issues unresolved with many similar cases awaiting future juries.