|April 11, 2013
||Marion Circuit Court Awards Summary Judgment in PSRB Meth Case
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
Circuit Court Judge Lou Rosenberg has awarded a summary judgment order with
regard to insurance coverage for damages caused by methamphetamines. The case was brought by Plews Shadley Racher
& Braun LLP Partners George Plews and Tonya Bond on behalf of clients Larry
and Gloria Sturgeon.
Sturgeons sought damages on claims filed on a property insurance policy with
Remington Farmers Mutual Reinsurance Company and a liability insurance policy
with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance. The
couple had rental property in West Point in Tippecanoe County. In 2011, The Indiana State Police found that
the tenants of the Sturgeons’ property were operating a methamphetamine lab
that had contaminated the home. The
Tippecanoe County Health Department then declared the property uninhabitable
until it could be cleaned and decontaminated.
The Sturgeons notified their insurers, but both insurers denied the
claim based on exclusions. However, the
parties cross moved for summary judgment and the court ruled in the Sturgeons’
favor and against both insurers.
you experience similar problems with a rental property, please do not hesitate
to contact George Plews or Tonya Bond.
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