A Mississippi federal judge on Monday began hearing a groundbreaking trial that could signal whether thousands of people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina can receive payouts for losses their insurance companies claim were caused by flooding. The trial is the first among hundreds of lawsuits challenging insurers over the wind-versus-water issue. Plaintiffs attorneys hope a ruling in homeowners' favor would pressure companies to pay millions of dollars for homeowners whose claims were rejected.
Groundbreaking Trial Could Help Decide Katrina Insurance Claims
The Associated Press
July 11, 2006