Claims News Service, Aug. 15, 4:26 p.m. EDT — Nationwide MutualInsurance Company today won the first trial out of hundreds oflawsuits over Hurricane Katrina damage.

U.S. District Court Judge L.T. Senter Jr. ruled that aMississippi couple cannot collect damages from Katrina storm surgebecause their insurance policy clearly excluded flood coverage, yethe did say they could be compensated for water damage that theycould prove was a result of high winds.

“Almost all of the damage to the Leonard residence isattributable to the incursion of water,” Senter wrote in hisconclusion.

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