Can State Farm Get a Fair Trial in Louisiana?

State Farm has taken a lot of PR punches in Louisiana over Hurricane Katrina. But that does not mean Louisiana juries are not fair. Last week, a Hurricane Katrina case that went to the jury resulted in a defense verdict for State Farm, denying the claim of a Slidell couple seeking $625,000 from the insurer for the damage they allege was caused by a sewer backup into their home during the storm. The jury did not buy that a sewer backup caused the damage.

Interestingly, before trial, State Farm offered $10,000 to settle. The jury awarded the Plaintiffs $8,259 for wind damage from the hurricane. In this case, State Farm got it about right.

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