Wheeling property owners seek reimbursement for repairs over bat-infested dwelling

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 5, 2018

WHEELING — Two Wheeling property owners are suing State Farm, alleging breach of contract.

Nathaniel Realty, LLC and Dr. Howard L. Shackelford filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Wheeling Division against against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, alleging an illegitimate cancellation of insurance policies.

According to the complaint, on July 2017, the plaintiffs discovered that their Wheeling property insured by State Farm was infested with hundreds of bats in the attic. 

The plaintiffs say they promptly notified State Farm of the infestation, but the defendant refuses to conduct an inspection and illegitimately canceled the insurance policy. After completing the repairs to the dwelling amounting to $14,550, the suit says, State Farm refuses to reimburse the plaintiffs for the costs of repairs. 

The plaintiffs allege State Farm Fire and Casualty refused to pay and/or offer to pay any of the benefits that are due and owing.

Nathaniel Realty and Shackelford seek trial by jury, compensatory, general and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and expenses incurred. They are represented by attorney Scott S. Blass of Bordas & Bordas, PLLC in Wheeling.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Wheeling Division case number 5:18-cv-00110-FPS

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