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Trial Lawyer Sues Insurance Companies Over Katrina Claims

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A trial lawyer has taken on four major insurance companies over their refusal to pay claims for hurricane damage.

Scruggs sues Allstate for denying claims

Renowned Mississippi lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs filed a lawsuit Friday against Allstate Insurance Co., the second major insurer he’s sued this week for allegedly denying rightful claims of hurricane-damaged homes.

The Scruggs Law Firm filed in federal court on behalf of 310 Allstate policyholders denied payment even though they believed the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina was covered.

On Tuesday, Scruggs filed a federal lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Co. on behalf of 669 policyholders.

He plans to file similar suits next week against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and the United Services Automobile Association.