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Allstate might have struggled in the New Orleans public court of opinion, but a lawsuit that was dropped this week by the plaintiffs shows that policyholders aren’t always the victims in a claim dispute.

Allstate began facing the first of about 1,000 cases against it in New Orleans earlier this week. The first federal trial it faced involved plaintiffs Lawrence and Elizabeth Tomlinson. As in the Tomlinson case, a majority of the other pending cases involve disputes about claim payments, determinations, and charges of bad faith made after Hurricane Katrina struck in Aug. 2005.

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