Memorial Medical Katrina lawsuit settled

Tenet Healthcare Corp. and attorneys for people who stayed at Memorial Medical Center in the traumatic days after Hurricane Katrina agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit against the company on Wednesday, both sides announced.

The plaintiffs accused Tenet of neglecting to anticipate and prepare for the loss of power after the storm, as well as failing to develop and follow proper evacuation plans and take other necessary emergency-preparedness steps.

"I am very happy and everybody is happy to have it resolved. Settlements are better than trials," said Joe Bruno, the plaintiffs' attorney.