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Lights of the city peek out behind the eye of the hurricane. According to the non-profit’s complaint, AmGUARD inspected the damage from Hurricane Laura two and a half weeks after the storm made landfall. (Photo: Forensic Weather Consultants)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Southwest Louisiana has filed a suit in federal court on Thursday, January 14, against AmGUARD Insurance Co. BBBS, a nonprofit, claims that AmGUARD misrepresented the insurance policy, in effect impacting BBBS’s ability to serve local youth by not paying the amount of estimated Hurricane Laura damages in a timely manner.

According to the complaint, an AmGUARD adjuster inspected the BBBS location on September 7, 2020, two and a half weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall. AmGuard received the adjuster’s damage estimate on October 15, and AmGUARD determined the replacement costs totaled $98,376. Louisiana state law requires insurers, including AmGUARD, to provide the full amount of the estimate within 30 days of satisfactory proof of loss.

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