On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Huie partners Tom Bazemore and Jimmy Brady secured a defense verdict for Allstate Insurance Company. The four-day jury trial took place in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama.
The lawsuit arose from a fire that occurred at the plaintiff’s home. The plaintiff alleged claims of breach of contract and sought $350,000 in contractual damage plus mental anguish. In the case, the plaintiff claimed the fire occurred as the result of a grease fire which spread and was accelerated due to the presence of a dry Christmas tree. However, the defendant argued the fire was an intentional act. Both parties retained experts who testified as to the origin and cause of the fire. At the conclusion of the trial, the Jefferson County jury returned a verdict for our insurance client after two hours of deliberation.