As if we needed more proof of anti-consumer bias on the part of the current editorial staff of The Maui News.
The headline for the brief story in the "Business/In Brief" section (Page B6, July 24) read "Hurricane victims paid millions."
One is meant, to deduce that the (mostly nonwhite, low-income) victims of Katrina and Rita reaped a windfall judgment in another frivolous lawsuit.
The facts: 18,500 homeowners were awarded about $6,000 apiece, before attorney's fees, for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation's failure to timely process claims in violation of Louisiana law.
Considering the well-publicized plight of these families after the disastrous hurricane season of 2005, an award of three or four thousand (that's the most it will amount to after attorney's fees) seems paltry indeed.
Theo M. Wender