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American Samoa utility sues insurer

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The utility that provides electricity, water, sewer and waste services to the residents of American Samoa is suing Lloyd’s of London for the damage and losses it suffered from last year’s devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.

American Samoa Power Authority filed its lawsuit against Lloyd’s and HCC International Insurance Co., another United Kingdom-based insurance underwriter, last week in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. The utility claims Lloyd’s and HCC International are its insurance underwriters.

The semiautonomous agency of the American Samoa government says it suffered more than $50 million in losses yet has received just $5 million on its claim, according to the lawsuit.

A series of earthquakes and accompanying tsunamis rocked a portion of the South Pacific Sept. 29 last year, killing 34 people in American Samoa, 183 in Samoa and nine in Tonga.

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