Van Heerden, LSU reach settlement over dismissal
BATON ROUGE - A former LSU coastal researcher and the university have reached an out-of-court settlement of the man's claim that his LSU career was destroyed over his criticisms of federal engineers after New Orleans' levees failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
U.S. District Judge James J. Brady signed an order Monday that conditionally dismisses the three-year-old litigation involving Ivor van Heerden, the LSU Board of Supervisors and David Constant, former interim dean of LSU's College of Engineering. Constant informed van Heerden in 2009 that his employment contract would not be renewed.
The court case had been scheduled for a jury trial Feb. 19.
No details of the settlement agreement were contained in the court record.