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Documents revealing Allstate claims handling procedures that were evidence in a trial over Hurricane Katrina-related flood damage cannot be kept from the public, according to a federal judge.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah S. Vance in New Orleans denied a motion by the insurer to either return or place under seal documents in the case of a New Orleans couple who won a $2.8 million award against the company after it refused their hurricane-related claim.

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