A judge has declined to dismiss a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Bloomington, Ill.-based State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi Judge L.T. Senter Jr. refused to toss out the suit filed by Cori and Kerri Rigsby, who alleged State Farm and its engineering firms unfairly handled wind damage claims by passing them off to the National Flood Insurance Program in the wake of the storm. State Farm had sought dismissal of the 2006 lawsuit claiming the Rigsbys and their former attorney, Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, leaked details of the case to media outlets in an effort to sway public opinion.

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