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

The case, which began July 10, pits Pascagoula residents Paul and Julie Leonard against the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company in a non-jury proceeding that will be decided by U.S. District Court Judge L.T. Senter Jr. in Gulfport.

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

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