Mississippi attorney Richard F. Scruggs, long the bane of the cigarette industry, filed suit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company on the part of a homeowner who was denied a claim by the insurer.

The lawsuit was filed in Mississippi Chancery Court of Jackson County on behalf of Paul and Julie Leonard, residents of Pascagoula, Miss.

According to a statement from the law firm, the Leonard's were denied coverage under their homeowners insurance for damage they sustained to their home during Hurricane Katrina. The Leonard's contend that denial of coverage was issued by their insurer, Nationwide, without inspection of the damage.

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