Topic: Catastrophe Claims

House Panel Approves Bill to Amend NFIP

Despite warnings from the Bush Administration, as reported here that it would not support any legislation expanding the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) to include windstorm coverage, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007 (H.R. 3121), which contains just such an amendment to the NFIP. 

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Government Will Not Intervene in Katrina Whistleblower Lawsuit

In a previous entry, we discussed a recent Katrina-related whistleblower suit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  As we discussed, the lawsuit claims that a number of insurers allegedly misrepresented claims to the National Flood Insurance Program so as to limit their exposure, and was filed by Branch Consultants on behalf of the U.S. government. 

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Scruggs In the News – Criminal Contempt Charges and Filing of a RICO Civil Action against State Farm

A Northern District of Alabama judge recently asked federal prosecutors to charge Mississippi plaintiff’s attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs with criminal contempt.  It is alleged that Scruggs violated a preliminary injunction issued in December 2006, which ordered him to turn over all documents secretly copied by two whistleblowers, Corgi Rigsby Moran and Kerri Rigsby. 

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Mississippi Attorney General Sues State Farm Again

On June 11, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a civil action again State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. in the Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, alleging breach of contract, bad faith breach of contract, and breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing.  The suit arises out of State Farm’s alleged failure to honor an agreement for a mass settlement of claims arising out of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

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Florida Legislature Creates Task Force on Citizens Property Insurance Claims Handling

The Florida Legislature created the Task Force on Citizens Property Insurance Claims Handling and Resolution during a special session in 2007.  Citizens Property Insurance Company, Florida’s state sponsored insurer, experienced significant difficulties in handling the deluge of claims from the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. 

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