State Farm Settles Another 22 Katrina Damage Claims

Twenty-two cases have been settled between State Farm policy-holders and the Merlin Law Group. The claims all stemmed from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

A Merlin Law Group representative said State Farm produced documents that indicate the company would not pay claims in areas hit by the storm, relying on policy language. But a spokesman for the law firm said insurance companies have a duty under Mississippi law to fully investigate the cause of a loss, and pay for wind damage covered under an all-perils policy.

The terms of the settlements are confidential.