The actions of a Nationwide agent have been the focus of initialtestimony in the first post-Katrina "wind vs. flood" case now beingtried in a federal court in Mississippi.

The case, which began Monday, pits Pascagoula residents Paul andJulie Leonard against the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company in anonjury proceeding that will be decided by U.S. District CourtJudge L.T. Senter Jr. in Gulfport.

Well-known plaintiff's attorney Richard Scruggs has brought thecase, with several others testing the flood exclusion ofhomeowners' policies that insurers are using to deny payingnumerous losses stemming from the 2005 hurricanes.

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