The Mississippi Court of Appeals has ruled that a Circuit Court judge erred when he decided before trial that USAA insurance company was not liable for punitive damages in a Hurricane Katrina lawsuit that policyholders Paul and Sylvia Minor of Ocean Springs filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Now that Cori and Kerri Rigsby have prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court in a whistleblower lawsuit against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., a judge will allow the sisters to look for more evidence that the insurance company committed fraud against the federal government after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. by Ocean Springs sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby. The Rigsbys proved at trial that State Farm defrauded the National Flood Insurance Program, but the insurance company is asking the high court to decide whether a seal on the case was violated when attorneys for the Rigsbys disclosed its existence.
Sun Herald photographer John Fitzhugh compiled images of Gulfport taken before Hurricane Katrina and immediately after the storm ravaged South Mississippi in August 2005. 10 years later, Fitzhugh went to the same places and photographed it again. This is what he found.
Sun Herald photographer John Fitzhugh compiled images of Hancock County taken before Hurricane Katrina and immediately after the storm ravaged South Mississippi in August 2005. 10 years later, Fitzhugh went to the same places and photographed it again. This is what he found.
The Mississippi Development Authority made available forgivable loans after Hurricane Katrina so that property owners could provide rental units to displaced residents with low to moderate incomes. The loans were available to eligible applicants in Harrison, Jackson, Hancock and Pearl River counties. MDA has filed 65 lawsuits to recover loan funds improperly spent.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider one question in a decade-old case two whistleblowers won against State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., proving to a federal jury in Gulfport that the insurer defrauded the National Flood Insurance Program.
The U.S. Census released population estimates last week for towns, cities and counties across the nation, including ones that showed Bay St. Louis was the second-fastest growing city in Mississippi between 2014 and 2015.
Mercedes Carranza, a Gulfport restaurant owner, helped acclimate Hispanic families from Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico to a post-Katrina Coast when they arrived to help rebuild South Mississippi.
David Allen and the Waveland Police Department decided to stay and weather the storm in South Mississippi. When the station started to flood, Allen and his officers fought debris and struggled to survive in gasoline-fouled water.
Susie DeStefano grieves the death of her mother who lost her life during Katrina. DeStefano and her family were able to lay Patricia Siwiec Meeks to rest after six weeks of searching for her following the storm.
Jackie Washington recounts the destruction of Biloxi in the aftermath of Katrina. The smell of death, the joy of finding neighbors alive, the lack of immediate aid and the anger at being considered a refugee resulted in the city’s common mantra of “I am Biloxi.”
Elizabeth Duvall fought with her son before Katrina made landfall in 2005. She begged him to evacuate, but he refused and chose to stay in Biloxi. Three days after the storm, she returned to search for him amid the destruction.
Lisa Robertson remembers going into labor and trying to find a place to deliver her daughter in devastated South Mississippi. Without power, without doctors and without supplies, Robertson gave birth to Sofia Marble the day after Katrina.
Joe Downey describes the destruction he and his fellow New York firefighters encountered when arriving in South Mississippi for their first deployment since 9/11. The department’s mission was to bring relief to the most damaged areas, but Downey remembers the generosity of the Coast’s residents despite all they had lost.
Gary Hargrove worked tirelessly to identify those who died as a result of Katrina. His proudest moment came when he was able to identify and find the family of one unidentified man after searching for two years.
Ronald Riecter describes the risks of being a schooner captain in hurricane-prone South Mississippi. Riecter’s love of the Coast won’t allow him to leave, but his philosophy of not dwelling on the past has helped him recover from Katrina’s destruction.