Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The smoking gun! Allstate Wants to Seal Hurricane Claims Manual

Those protecting working families across America have asked U.S. District Court in New Orleans to keep Allstate Insurance documents open to the public from the first federal Katrina-related federal trial in Louisiana. The smoking guns include Allstate's claims-handling manual and instructions to adjusters.

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and Public Justice filed a motion last week to oppose Allstate's request to seal key documents from Weiss v. Allstate, the case in which Slidell homeowners got a $2.8 million judgment against the insurer.

Weiss ultimately settled after the company asked for a new trial or a reduction of what it called an "irrational verdict." The groups say keeping the records public is a national issue because it shows how Allstate handles claims after a natural disaster.

It will be interesting to see if conservative judges come to the aid of insurers by hiding evidence of bad faith insurance practices.

Rebecca Mowbray, New Orleans Times-Picayune 08/14/2007 Read Article: New Orleans Times-Picayune

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