Katrina Claims News

Mississippi AG Hood, Nationwide to Join Katrina Claims Dispute

Mississippi Supreme Court will allow Attorney General Jim Hood and attorneys for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. to participate in a June 9 hearing involving an insurance coverage dispute over Hurricane Katrina claims. The lawsuit was filed in Harrison County by …

Mississippi Katrina Report: No Insurer Fraud Pattern

State Farm Fire & Casualty Cos. made questionable decisions in handling Hurricane Katrina claims, but a nearly two-year study found no pattern of fraud in Mississippi, according to a state agency report released Oct. 30. The 42-page report by the …

Update: Mississippi Couple in Settlement with State Farm over Katrina

State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. paid $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a Biloxi, Miss. couple over damage to their home from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed Sept. 15 in U.S. District …

Court Clashes over Katrina Damage Wind Down in Mississippi

It took three years for Mississippi resident, Scott Gordon, to resolve the dispute that Hurricane Katrina spawned with his insurance company. Anything resembling a full recovery from the storm will take much longer. “There are some scars that will probably …

Nationwide Insurance Pushes to Include Flood Coverage in Home Policies

One of the nation’s largest insurance companies is lobbying Congress for permission to sell policies that cover damage from both wind and flood water, a plan billed as a way for insurers and homeowners to avoid costly litigation after disasters …

Mississippi Court Agrees to Hear Katrina Insurance Issue

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether an insurance policy can be interpreted in a wind versus water dispute over Hurricane Katrina claims. The lawsuit was filed in Harrison County Circuit Court by Margaret Corban and her husband …

Mississippi Lawyer Ordered to Release Records to State Farm

A federal judge has ordered Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs to turn over policyholder records to State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. within 15 days. Bloomington, Ill.-based State Farm is entitled to records two former adjusters took and gave to …

Mississippi: Insurer Wants Sisters to Pay for Providing Katrina Claims Records to Scruggs

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. wants a federal judge to sanction two sisters who secretly copied Hurricane Katrina claims documents and gave them to a Mississippi lawyer whose clients were suing the company. Cori and Kerri Rigsby copied thousands …

Appeals Court Vacates $1 Million Award in Mississippi Katrina Case

A federal appeals court threw out a $1 million punitive damage award Monday to a Mississippi couple who sued the nation’s largest insurance company over Hurricane Katrina damage. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans also ordered …

Scruggs-Affiliated Mississippi Lawyers Barred from State Farm Katrina Cases

A group of Mississippi attorneys once affiliated with tort lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is barred from representing any policyholders in lawsuits against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. over Hurricane Katrina damage, a federal judge ruled last week, citing ethical …