John Roper, Sr., a federal Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, has settled his Katrina lawsuit against State Farm, according to this Associated Press story. Terms were not disclosed. The Southern District became the locus of the Mississippi Katrina litigation after insurers removed cases from state to federal court, which they allowed to do under federal statutes when the defendant and plaintiff are citizens of different states.
A federal judge from Michigan was set to preside over Roper’s trial beginning April 9. Another judge in the Sourthern District of Mississippi, Louis Guirola, also filed a Katrina-related suit against Nationwide. Guirola’s case settled last November.
Here’s a pdf of Judge Roper’s amended complaint, which shows that one of his allegations was that he believed his policy covered all hurricane damage because of representations by the insurance company and its agents.