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Settlement Proposed in Travelers Insurance Class Action

This is a settlement for the lawsuit.

New Orleans, LA: A class action settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit pending against certain property casualty insurance affiliates of The Travelers Companies, Inc. ("Travelers") in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (styled Arthur v. Travelers, Case No. 09-7332) alleging, among other things, that Travelers mishandled claims arising out of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thereby allegedly causing members of the Settlement Class to receive fewer benefits than those to which they were entitled, according to the Travelers Insurance Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Rita property damage class action settlement notice.

Travelers Insurance Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Rita property damage settlement class members reportedly include any person who (1) sustained any loss or damage of any kind arising in any way out of damage, destruction, or harm to property in the State of Louisiana; (2) such loss or damage was related to Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita; and (3) at that time the person had any rights under an insurance policy issued by Travelers. Settlement class members also reportedly include any actual or putative assignee or subrogee or a lienholder of an affected policyholder. Settlement class members reportedly do not include persons who had their own lawsuit pending against Travelers as of April 15, 2010 (except the State of Louisiana as plaintiff in the Road Home litigation).

The Travelers Insurance Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Rita property damage class action settlement reportedly provides that Travelers will pay a total of $1 million into a gross settlement fund for the benefit of Settlement Class members.

The Travelers companies reportedly covered by the Travelers class action settlement include the following companies:

The Travelers Indemnity Company;
The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company;
The Phoenix Insurance Company;
The Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut;
The Travelers Indemnity Company of America;
Travelers Property Casualty Company of America;
The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Company;
TravCo Insurance Company;
Nipponkoa Insurance Company, Limited (U.S. Branch);
Travelers Commercial Casualty Company;
Travelers Casualty and Surety Company;
The Standard Fire Insurance Company;
The Automobile Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut;
Travelers Casualty Insurance Company of America;
Farmington Casualty Company;
Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America;
Travelers Commercial Insurance Company;
Travelers Casualty Company of Connecticut;
Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company;
Select Insurance Company;
Gulf Underwriters Insurance Company;
Gulf Insurance Company;
Commercial Guaranty Insurance Company;
Travelers Excess and Surplus Lines Company;
Athena Assurance Company;
Discover Property & Casualty Insurance Company;
Fidelity and Guaranty Insurance Company;
Fidelity and Guaranty Insurance Underwriters, Inc.;
Northland Casualty Company;
Northland Insurance Company;
St. Paul Insurance Company;
St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company;
St.Paul Guardian Insurance Company;
St. Paul Medical Liability Insurance Company;
St. Paul Mercury Insurance Company;
St.Paul Protective Insurance Company;
United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company;
American Equity Insurance Company;
Discover Specialty Insurance Company;
Northfield Insurance Company;
GeoVera Insurance Company;
Seaboard Surety Company;
American Continental Insurance Company;
Atlantic Insurance Company;
Titan Indemnity Company;
USF&G Specialty Insurance Company; and
St. Paul Surplus Lines Insurance Company.

The Court is scheduled to hold a class action settlement Fairness Hearing on October 27, 2010. At this settlement hearing, the Court will reportedly consider whether the proposed Travelers Insurance Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Rita property damage class action settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate.

For more information on the Travelers Insurance Hurricanes Rita and Katrina property damage class action settlement, visit the Katrina Travelers Settlement website:

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Published on Jul-8-10


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