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Case v. ANPAC Louisiana Insurance Co. and In re Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
466 F. Supp. 2d 781 (2006)
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, rising water broke through or overtopped multiple levees, flooding most of the city. More than 1,000 people died. Afterwards, many home insurers denied coverage based on flood exclusions. Homeowners Gordon and Tanjha Case and Shirley and Robert Chamberlain (plaintiffs) sued ANPAC Louisiana Insurance Company (ANPAC) and Louisiana Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (Farm Bureau) (defendants) in state court alleging multiple levee breaches caused damage to their homes. Similar lawsuits against numerous insurers including ANPAC and Farm Bureau had been consolidated in the federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. ANPAC and Farm Bureau requested removal under the Multiparty, Multiforum Trial Jurisdiction Act (MMTJA). The Cases and Chamberlains requested remand.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Duval, J.)
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