Hurricane Ike suits still trickling in

David Yates Oct. 21, 2010, 5:50am


Although a month has elapsed since the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Ike, suits alleging insurance companies failed to fully compensate Golden Triangle residents still continue to trickle in.

The latest suit was filed by Jimmy and Carlin Ardoin against the Texas Windstorm Association.

However, only a few dozen suits have been filed in October, versus several hundred in September.

The Ardoins' suit was filed Oct. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

The other defendants listed in the suit include Sabine Claims Service, Benny Brocato and Stephen Donahue.

In their suit, the couple claims their Port Arthur home was damages on Sept. 13, 2008, when Ike struck Southeast Texas.

Immediately afterwards, the Ardoins made a claim to TWIA, who assigned Sabine Claims to evaluate the damage. Sabine Claims sent adjusters Brocato and Donahue.

Court papers show TWIA denied at least a portion of the couples' claim, "even though the policy provided coverage for losses such as those suffered by plaintiffs."

The Ardoins are suing for actual and consequential damages.

They are represented by Houston attorney Steve Mostyn.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A188-625

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