La high court refuses to overturn Citizens ruling

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't reconsider a $92.7 million judgment against Louisiana's state-backed insurer of last resort for handling claims too slowly after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon tells The Advocate that Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. He says that will be an uphill struggle.

A state appeals court had reversed a Jefferson Parish judge's decision in 2009 to award $5,000 apiece to more than 18,000 Citizens policyholders. But the Supreme Court overturned the appeals court's ruling by a 4-3 vote. That's the same vote by which the court refused, without comment, to reconsider the case.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)