State Farm Held Liable In Katrina Case; Jury Awards Punitive Damages

I’ll be commenting on this later today, but in the meantime, here’s a story on today’s decision by Judge Senter awarding a Mississippi couple $223,000 in damages.  Hours later, a jury in the case awarded $2.5 million in punitive damages against State Farm.  

THIRD UPDATE: While you’re waiting for a pdf of the opinion and verdict, here is another story from Bloomberg.  I’m now on a first name basis with the clerks in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and they say they’ve been told by Judge Senter’s office that it is still being polished and is not ready for the website.

SECOND UPDATE: Here’s another story from Anita Lee of the Biloxi Sun Herald. 

UPDATE: I checked with the clerk’s office for the U.S. District Court for the District of Southern Mississippi about 1 p.m. Pacific time, and they say they expect the decision will be on their website shortly.  Very nice people.

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