5th Circ. Affirms Tossing Of State Farm Katrina Suit

Law360, New York (October 9, 2009, 6:54 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a decision barring a Mississippi man who lost his house during Hurricane Katrina from bringing a breach of contract suit against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. because he had released his claims when he entered into a 2006 settlement agreement with the insurer.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of State Farm and agreed that the 2006 settlement blocked Christopher M. Wiley from alleging...
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