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a casino that was forced to delay its opening due to tornado damage was awarded $3,385,728 by a Louisiana jury on June 13 in a suit against an insurer. In April 2000, tornados hit Shreveport, La., damaging an 18-story, 403-room hotel and casino riverboat project being constructed by Hollywood Casino Shreveport. The damage caused the casino to delay opening for more than two months. Hollywood Casino made an insurance claim under an all-risk policy with one of its insurers, Lexington Insurance Co. of Boston. Hollywood sought repayment of repair costs, preopening and post-opening lost profits and extra expenses. When Lexington refused, Hollywood sued under Louisiana’s insurance statutes and for common law breach of contract. Hollywood Casino Shreveport v. Lexington Insurance Co., No. 00-1597 (W.D. La.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: James S. Renard, Joyce M. Hellstern, Ashlee J. Branan and Michael L. Smith, Bickel & Brewer, Dallas DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: F. Drake Lee Jr. and Herschel E. Richard Jr., Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, Shreveport, La.

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