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Monday, November 05, 2007

Landmark Katrina Lawsuit Against State Farm Begins

Monday, 05 Nov 2007, 10:16 AM CST
Originally published here.

NEW ORLEANS (WHBQ FOX13 myfoxmemphis.com) – -- A federal jury will hear testimony today as a Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana couple argues that State Farm improperly denied their homeowners insurance claim on their house, which vanished in Hurricane Katrina.

Judy and Michael Kodrin say their Port Sulphur home was damaged by Katrina's winds long before the storm surge arrived. The Kodrins claim they are owed money under their homeowners policy as well as the money they received through their National Flood Insurance Program policy.

State Farm says the house was completely destroyed by storm surge, and no homeowners money is owed. Flooding is excluded on homeowners policies.

The case will be a test of State Farm's anti-concurrent causation clause, which the company has used to deny payment for wind damage on a home when it occurs in concert with flood damage.

These controversial clauses have been the focal point of litigation in Mississippi, but State Farm insurance contracts in Louisiana are worded slightly differently.

According to Judge Carl Barbier's pretrial order, the Kodrins' roof was found 1,000 yards away and all that remained of their 177 Holiday Drive home was the rear steps and the mailbox.

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2 comments:

Al Trimble said...

Oh, A.M., you missed this State Farm story from a few days ago...

http://www.sunherald.com/201/story/179228.html

Or did you just not want to give your readers an opportunity to see that your candidate for AG and your hero Dickie spent the past couple of years manipulating the criminal and civil justice systems in MS for their own personal gain?

Ana Maria said...

Hey Al,

How's your life inside Katrina Land? Oh, I see, you aren't actually having to live and survive inside Katrina Land. Well, Al, I am. And as such life is pretty damned hard--a simple thing like going to a grocery store and shopping for food becomes a major ordeal here because, well, we have NO grocery store. Instead, we have Wal-Mart.

Since you are an avid reader of mine, you'll notice in my bio that I'm helping to renovate my elderly mother's home. How's about you? Oh, I see, you are too busy being a Corporate schill for Snake Farm and the lot of similarly situated companies.

I saw the silly article in which Snake Farm is attempting to throw the glare of public scrutiny off of its deepest darkest corners of Corporate Criminal behavior in which it may have engaged.

Tomorrow night, I'll be dancing in the street celebrating the re-election of our wonderful, strong, talented, ethical, and moral Attorney General Jim Hood.


Yes, I'm a big fan of Dickie Scruggs. Let me break it down nice and easy for you, Al. I'm for the little people. I believe that trial lawyers make it easier to get justice from your Corporate Criminal friends who run companies like Snake Farm.

Tell us, where do you live? What kind of destruction did you and your family sustain in Katrina? What do you do for a living . . . other than being a shamelessly sinful apologist for Corporate Criminals.