AG Hood never had authority to bring Katrina suit, judge rules

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s controversial lawsuit against five insurance companies he claimed mistreated Hurricane Katrina victims has been dismissed by a state judge.

Rankin County Chancellor John Grant III tossed the suit Dec. 22, ending more than three years of litigation initiated by Hood just weeks after Katrina hit the Mississippi coast in 2005.

Grant wrote that Hood had no business bringing the suit, which alleged the companies intentionally misrepresented the amount of damage done by wind (covered by their policies) and water (covered by a federal program).

“The Attorney General is neither a party, third-party beneficiary nor assignee of the private insurance contracts at issue,” Grant wrote. “Therefore, he lacks standing necessary to pursue this matter.

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