In an unusual move, the federal judge presiding in most of the hundreds of Mississippi cases involving insurance claims resulting from Hurricane Katrina has asked counsel for suggestions on how to resolve the cases in the next 12 months.

Mindful of the long line of people waiting for their day in court, U.S. District Senior Judge L.T. Senter Jr. of Gulfport, Miss., sent a letter to all the lawyers involved seeking their advice on finding a “just, speedy and inexpensive resolution of these cases.”

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