The Clarion-Ledger, 11/9/7

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood threatened to indict the chairman of State Farm Insurance Cos. if the insurer didn’t settle lawsuits over thousands of Hurricane Katrina claims, according to a state official’s testimony in recently unsealed court documents.

The records were made public last Friday as part of a lawsuit filed against Hood by State Farm seeking to stop a criminal investigation into the company’s handling of claims.

Mississippi Deputy Insurance Commissioner Lee Harrell said in a sworn deposition that he heard Hood say in 2005: ” ‘If they don’t settle with us, I’m going to indict them all, from Ed Rust down.'”