The jury found that the insurance giant’s failure to pay policy benefits for Doherty’s Malibu home was ‘unreasonable and without reasonable cause’.
A federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday awarded $6.3 million to actor Shannen Doherty in a lawsuit alleging State Farm failed to pay enough for damages caused to her 2018 California wilderness home.
The jury found that the insurance giant’s failure to pay policy benefits for Doherty’s Malibu home was “unreasonable and without reasonable cause.”
The verdict covers damage to Doherty’s home and property, emotional distress, and attorney’s fees.
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“We thank the jury members for considering Shannen’s case,” Doherty’s attorney, Devin McRae, said in a statement. “We’re glad they treated this matter the way we do. This should send a message to State Farm and other institutions that they shouldn’t forget that they’re dealing with human beings.”
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Doherty, 50-year-old former star of “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Charmed” and “Heathers” revealed in February 2020 that the breast cancer they were diagnosed with in 2015 had recurred and progressed to stage 4.
Her lawyers said in court documents that “instead of spending the rest of her years living peacefully in her home, Ms. Doherty remains displaced and struggles with her insurance company.”
State Farm said in its own statement on Monday, “We are sympathetic to Ms. Doherty’s health and wish her the best. We are disappointed with the jury’s decision and respectfully disagree with it. We will make all available decisions, including appealing the verdict.” Will explore legal options.”