Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge L. T. Senter, Jr: Jury Trial held on 11/10/2009: PHASE I COMPLETED, JURY VERDICT returned in favor of Plaintiff; Court ruled State Farm had no arguable reason for delinquency, therefore, PHASE II of JURY TRIAL TO BEGIN 11/12/09, at 1:00 P.M.; COUNSEL to reconvene in Chambers, 11/12/09, at 10:00 A.M.
I’ve been Sop’s blog partner almost two years now; and, Bossier v State Farm is one of the few cases the first case I’ve covered that has come close to trial. In fact, the only trial other than Bossier that I recall at the moment is Lisanby v USAA.
The jury’s decision is sealed; but the minute entry tells us a jury of peers heard the evidence and decided in Bossier’s favor and Judge Senter’s ruling – no arguable reason for delinquency – set the stage for Phase II.
Congratulations to the Bossiers and to their attorney and tireless advocate, Judy Guice!
UPDATE: The Sun Herald story leaves me wondering what the Court “sealed” and “redacted” – and if State Farm inaccurately portrayed the Bossier property as an oceanfront home to the jury or State Farm representative Bob Lapinski made the error in his statement:
After deliberating for 80 minutes Tuesday, a jury said Reginald Bossier isn’t entitled to any additional money for damage to his Biloxi home during Hurricane Katrina, but State Farm does owe him $52,300 for damage to its contents…
“The jury found that the home was destroyed by water, not wind,” State Farm representative Bob Lapinski said after the ruling. “State Farm showed the 8-foot storm surge had a devastating effect on the Bossier one-story, oceanfront home.”
Lapinski said State Farm paid for minor damage to shingles and siding caused by the wind. He said the company gave Bossier the benefit of the doubt for damage to the outbuilding. “That could have possibly occurred because of wind.”
Credit the Sun Herald for pointing out the Bossier’s property was definitely not “oceanfront property”.