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

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

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