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The well-publicized wave of lawsuits in the wake of Hurricane Katrina does not mean there will be increased litigation when the next big windstorm catastrophe hits the United States, in the opinion of one legal expert. But others fear suits prompted by the record catastrophe set a dangerous precedent.

“For the most part, people would like to avoid having an attorney,” suggested Patrick Long, president of DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar, in comments last week on the two-year anniversary of Katrina’s Louisiana landfall.

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