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School workers fired after Katrina file Supreme Court briefs in hopes of reviving lawsuit

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NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys hoping to revive a lawsuit on behalf of thousands of public school workers fired after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005 have released copies of their latest briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2012, a state district court ruled in favor of teachers who said they were wrongfully fired and entitled to damages — a ruling that a lawyer for education officials said could cost the state and the New Orleans school board more than $1 billion.

An appellate court largely upheld that ruling. But Louisiana's Supreme Court rejected the suit late last year.

Employees' attorneys filed briefs Monday to counter state and school board claims that the firings were legal.

The employees say more than 7,000 school workers were fired without legally required due process.

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