Hood: "Lawsuit Unaffected by Federal Ruling"

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Mississippi's lawsuit against insurance companies after Hurricane Katrina won't be affected by a federal ruling in favor of Allstate insurance, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Allstate's policy protected the company against paying for damage from water.

Hood is suing several companies to pay for water damage. He says the Allstate decision won’t hurt his case in state court.

"They'll get out there in public and talk about it a lot, but it will have zero impact in state court because it's a state law issue," said Hood. "If you look at that opinion, he states all these state cases."

Insurance companies say they're only responsible for paying claims on wind damage from the storm.

Hood filed the lawsuit on behalf of Mississippi, shortly after Hurricane Katrina.