Over 1,000 Cases In Mississippi Hurricane Katrina Mediation
Minimum of 160 Conferences Being Held Per Week
From: State Insurance Commission Filed 7/20/06
Jackson -Commissioner of Insurance George Dale announced today that of the
1,338 mediation conferences scheduled prior to July 14, 2006, in the
Mississippi Hurricane Katrina Mediation Program, 1,112 have settled. Dale
also announced that the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the
program administrator, has moved the program's mediation conferences into
larger facilities on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi
in Hattiesburg and is now scheduling a minimum of 160 mediations a week.
Of the number of conferences scheduled thus far, 524 cases have settled
prior to their scheduled conference and 588 have settled at conference.
There have been 226 impasses. A total of 2,677 requests for mediation had
been filed by July 14, the program's success rates stands at 83%.
"The continued and growing success of this program has far exceeded our
expectations. I commend all of our mediators for the excellent job they
are doing. I would again encourage anyone who has not signed up for
mediation to consider doing so today. Mediation is a simple and basic
process that is FREE to the policyholder, "said Dale.
Dale added that while mediation has helped a great number of people he is
aware that mediation will not work for everyone and for those persons for
whom mediation is unsuccessful he encourages them to pursue their case
with an attorney of their choosing.
The Mississippi Insurance Department Hurricane Katrina Mediation program
serves as a non-adversarial, non-binding, alternative dispute resolution
procedure designed to facilitate the resolution of claims as quickly and
fairly as possible.
A policyholder may request a mediation conference in one of four ways:
* By writing the Administrator at:
American Arbitration Association
Attn: MS Insurance Mediation
13455 Noel Road, Suite 1750
Dallas, Texas 75240
* By calling the Administrator at: 1-800-426-8792
* By faxing a request to the Administrator at 972-702-0173
* By contacting the Administrator on-line at
Consumers are reminded that all administrative and mediator fees for the
first mediation conference will be paid by the insurance companies. There
will be no costs to the policyholders. The parties may bring individuals
to the conference that are knowledgeable about the issues such as
adjustors, appraisers, and contractors. Either party may be represented by
If the parties reach a settlement at the mediation conference, the
policyholder will have three business days to rescind the settlement
agreement as long as they have not cashed any check issued by the
insurance company as a result of the settlement. After three business
days, if the policyholder has not rescinded, the settlement will become
For more information on the Mississippi Mediation Program visit the MID
website at www.doi.state.ms.us