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State Farm Katrina Claims Denied Lawsuits

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On January 11, 2007 a federal judge ruled that State Farm must pay $223,292 in damages to a couple whose home was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The judge also ordered State Farm to pay $2.5 million in punitive damages for the company's failure to pay the claim. Less than two weeks after this ruling, State Farm entered into an agreement to settle hundreds of other suits brought by angry policyholders. Under the settlement, 300 homeowners who lost everything will receive their full insurance coverage. It has also bee reported that 1,000 other policyholders would receive at least half of their full coverage amounts, with an opportunity to negotiate for more.

State Farm and other insurers have argued that their homeowner policies only cover damage from wind but not from water. These companies further argued that that their policies exclude damage that could have been caused by both wind and water. Most of the homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina were initally damaged by hurricane-force winds and then further savaged by Katrina's flooding.

Parker Waichman LLP is currently evaluating hundreds of cases involving Hurricane Katrina claims that were denied by State Farm. PWM is aggressively investigating these cases in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Texas.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By State Farm Katrina Claims

If your Katrina-related insurance claim was denied by State Farm or any other insurance carrier, or if you plan to file a claim, you can request a free case evaluation by visiting by completing the case evaluation form located on the right side of this page. You can also request a free case evaluation by calling Parker Waichman LLP at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Witness Says State Farm Didn't Thoroughly Investigate Katrina Claims

May 22, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A woman who worked for State  Farm on  Hurricane Katrina claims has testified that the insurer did not bother to thoroughly investigate property damage for policyholders affected by the 2005 hurricane's storm surge.  According to, Kerri Rigsby said at the time that State Farm held that if a house in the path of Katrina's storm surge was a total loss, it was caused by water, not by wind.State Farm was one of the largest insurers on the Gulf Coast when Katrina made...

State Farm Convinces Some Weary Policyholders to Settle Hurricane Katrina Lawsuits

May 13, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
State Farm Insurance has settled with more than a dozen policyholders who were suing the nation's largest insurer over Hurricane Katrina damage claims.  The settlements were reached with plaintiffs who only last month learned that their lawyers had been barred from representing them because of ethics violations.  State Farm was one of the largest insurers on the Gulf Coast when Katrina made landfall there in 2005. Thousands of homes were reduced to rubble by wind and the massive storm...

Judge Dismisses Lawyers from Mississippi State Farm Hurricane Katrina Lawsuits

Apr 7, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Lawyers representing State Farm Insurance policyholders in Mississippi suing the insurer over Hurricane Katrina damage claims have been dismissed from the case.  Citing ethical concerns, U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. in Gulfport dismissed a group of attorneys affiliated with Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the well-known lawyer who pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to bribe a judge.   Judge Senter has given plaintiffs involved in the State Farm lawsuits 45 days to retain...

State Farm Adjustment Firm Settles with Katrina Victims in Civil RICO Lawsuit

Nov 14, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP
State Farm Insurance Company policy holders whose Hurricane Katrina damage claims were denied have reached a settlement with a firm that helped the company prepare damage adjustments.  Under the terms of the settlement, claims against Forensic Analysis and Engineering Corp. will be dropped from a federal lawsuit that accuses State Farm of racketeering when it denied thousands of Hurricane Katrina insurance claims.State Farm was one of the largest insurers on the Gulf Coast when Katrina...

State Farm Settles Hurricane Katrina Claims With 103 Mississippi Policyholders

Sep 18, 2007 | Parker Waichman LLP, LLP
More than two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, some State Farm Insurance Company policy holders in Mississippi have finally settled claims with the insurer.   But the 103 policy holders who were finally able to resolve their claims represent just a small fraction of homeowners who sued insurance companies following Hurricane Katrina.   In fact, State Farm alone still faces nearly 2,000 lawsuits in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama over its handling...

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