A federal judge denied State Farm Fire and
Casualty Company's request for a new trial today (Friday) in a
Hurricane Katrina case that could cost the company more than
one-point-two (m) million dollars.
Judge L-T Senter Junior saw no reason to grant a new trial to
State Farm, which lost a January jury trial in a lawsuit brought by
Biloxi residents Norman and Genevieve Broussard.
Senter presided over that trial. He took part of the case out of
jurors' hands and ruled that State Farm is liable for
223-thousand-292 dollars in damage to the Broussards' home.
Senter said State Farm failed to prove that Katrina's storm
surge was responsible for all the damage to the Broussards' home.
Jurors in that case awarded two-point-five (m) million dollars
in punitive damages against State Farm, but Senter later reduced
the award to one (m) million dollars.
A State Farm spokesman says the company is not surprised by the
The company plans to appeal the ruling to the fifth U-S Circuit