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Charleston woman alleges State Farm breached insurance contract


By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Aug 28, 2018

CHARLESTON — A Charleston woman is suing State Farm, alleging breach of an insurance contract.

Jennifer Harless filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the defendant breached its own contractual obligations contained in its own insurance policy.

According to the complaint, on July 6, 2016, Harless she was injured when her vehicle was stopped at a red light and she was struck from behind by Joel Parker, an under-insured driver, on West Washington Street in Cross Lanes. 

The suit says Harless suffered injuries and damages such as lost wages and a diminished capacity to enjoy life, for which she attempted to negotiate a settlement with State Farm but was unsuccessful. 

The plaintiff alleges State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance failed to reasonably negotiate her claim and/or to defend this matter in place of the under-insured driver.

Harless seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages, with interest, attorney fees, costs and expenses and all other just and appropriate relief. She is represented by attorneys Robert D. Cline Jr., Robert A. Campbell and Letisha R. Bika of Farmer, Cline, & Campbell PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 18-C-857

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