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 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 offer $10,000 to settle the case. The jury did award the Plaintiffs $8,259 for wind damage from the hurricane. In this case, State Farm got it about right.