If you were appointed “czar” to review Katrina claims, what would you want to know? SLABBED and James Barbier invite your ideas

James Barbier frequently comments on SLABBED but is better known to SLABBED readers as the author of the excellent paper Sop featured in the January post An outside look at the False Claims Act cases: Holding State Farm Accountable (Why McIntosh is Evidence of Fraud).

In a comment earlier today, James suggested suggested we open a thread for discussing a review of Katrina claims.   Join in and I’ll be back in a bit with mine.  James’ kicked off the discussion with his I’d-wanna-know list:

Here’s what I want from the insurance claims files….which includes wind/homeowners and flood….

  • insured address (later map to google, miles from beach, miles from storm track, etc.)
  • adjuster flood (name/company), adjuster wind (name/company)
  • engineer (name/company),
  • # site visits, date visit 1, date visit 2, date visit 3,
  • pictures?,
  • wind: last premium rate, max coverage – building, max coverage – contents, actual payout – building, actual payout – contents
  • flood: last premium rate, max coverage – building, max coverage – contents, actual payout – building, actual payout – contents.

Warren Buffett as you’ve never seen him!

Friday’s music comes by way of the Huffington Post.

In a new commercial from Geico that we don’t feel at all sheepish in calling both incredibly catchy and kinda majestic, the Oracle Of Omaha dons an Axl Rose costume. (Hat tip to Time.com and Morning Money.)

If that weren’t enough, Buffett also sings — and surprisingly successfully. “We’re always true to you,” Buffett sings (apparently without the help of Auto-Tune.)

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns Geico, and they may have found their next pitchman. Here’s to hoping he replaces that annoying lizard.

This video features real GEICO associates and a cameo appearance by Warren Buffett.

Hopefully, the reader who sent me the video below the jump in an “I hate shitty endings” email message will like this one better!

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Jefferson Parish “searchhounds” – this one’s for you!

WWL reports “New JP vendors linked to Whitmer” attracted a lot of email similar to this comment from Searchhound – “Why don’t you guys type in the names of the cast of characters here?”.

So, here’s the “Cast of Characters” and the floor is open for comment!

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