LONG BEACH, Miss.—A Long Beach man has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to order the state Department of Insurance to release records that would show the dollar amount of Hurricane Katrina claims denied by insurance companies.
In 2009, Kevin Buckel requested records showing the total amount of damages homeowners claimed, the total amount paid and the total amount denied by private property insurance companies. The agency said it did not have such records.
A Hinds County judge recently dismissed Buckel's lawsuit.
Buckel tells The Sun Herald of Gulfport/Biloxi that the information would support his push for a Policyholders Bill of Rights. Bills have died in the Legislature for the past three years.
Buckel says the law would require full disclosure each year by property insurance companies of the number of claims filed, paid and denied.