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State Farm’s rehearing request denied in Katrina fraud case

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GULFPORT — A federal appeals court has decided that last month’s upholding of a jury’s insurance fraud ruling will stand, allowing whistleblowers who sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. to seek more evidence of fraud after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald  reports that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied State Farm’s request for a ...

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Updated: Hood begins inquiry into possible ‘steering’ practices by insurance companies

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has begun an investigation of insurers that may be involved in “steering” policyholders to certain body shops. The practice, which is illegal, coerces body shops to conduct repairs with inferior aftermarket or remanufactured parts to reduce costs in favor of the insurer. Hood sent identical letters to 12 insurance companies on July ...

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Katrina whistleblower suit sent back to lower court to broaden search

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The whistleblower suit filed in 2006 against State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. over wind and flood damage linked to Hurricane Katrina is a long way from being over. The 5th  U.S. District Court of Appeals in New Orleans on July 13 reversed the U.S. District Court in Gulfport ruling denying the plaintiffs to broaden discovery ...

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Hood asks U.S. for probe of 'steering' of customers by insurers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate allegations that some insurance companies’ are “steering” auto policyholders to certain repair shops and coercing those shops to use inferior replacement parts. The intent of those practices is to pad the insurers’ bottom line, Hood said in the letter dated March 13. Hood’s ...

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Body shops file suit over State Farm's part-finding program

JACKSON — More than two dozen body shops are asking a Mississippi court to block an insurance company’s program that would change the way they find auto parts. The Mississippi Collision Repair Association and the body shops filed a lawsuit yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and PartsTrader LLC. The lawsuit, which represents ...

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Some Habitat homeowners cashed hailstorm claims checks

A yet-to-be determined number of metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity homeowners spent insurance money received for damage from the March 18 hailstorm on expenses other than repairs to their homes. About 350 of greater Jackson’s 560 Habitat for Humanity homes fell in the path of the late afternoon storm that dropped hail larger than baseballs throughout 18 Central Mississippi counties, ...

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Houston wins award

State Farm agent and Rankin County resident Malcolm Houston has received the company’s prestigious Chairman’s Circle award. In addition to recognizing an agent’s outstanding sales ability, this top award honors agents who align their business with the long-term direction of the company and who act as advocates for their customers. Houston has been with State Farm for 19 years.  

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Jackson councilman pushes insurance requirement for convenience stores that sell alcoholic beverages

The liability insurance Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes wants to require of convenience stores in the city that sell alcoholic beverages may make the premises safer from mishaps such as slip-and-falls. But don’t look for it to lessen the likelihood of violent incidents – or to even cover customers injured by violence, insurance professionals say. Ward 3’s Stokes has proposed ...

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State Farm agents recognized

A total of 12 State Farm agents across the state have received the company’s prestigious President’s Club and Chairman’s Circle awards. In addition to recognizing an agent’s outstanding sales ability, these top awards honor agents who align their business with the long-term direction of the company and who act as advocates for their customers. Winners of the Chairman’s Circle include: ...

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