A federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday awarded $ 6.3 million to actress Shannen Doherty in a lawsuit alleging State Farm failed to pay enough for damage to her home in a fire of forest in California in 2018.
The jury concluded that the insurance giant’s failure to pay police compensation for Doherty’s house in Malibu was “unreasonable and without good cause.”
The verdict covers damage to Doherty’s home and property, emotional distress, and attorney fees.
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“We thank the jury members for their careful consideration of Shannen’s case,” Doherty’s attorney, Devin McRae, said in a statement. “We are happy that they saw the case the way we do. It should send a message to State Farm and other institutions that they should not forget that they are dealing with human beings.”
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Doherty, the 50-year-old former star of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Charmed” and “Heathers” revealed in February 2020 that the breast cancer she was diagnosed with in 2015 had recurred and passed to stage 4.
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Her attorneys have said in court documents that “instead of living out her final years peacefully in her home, Ms. Doherty remains displaced and fights with her insurance company.”
In its own statement on Monday, State Farm said, “We sympathize with Ms. Doherty’s health and wish her the best. We are disappointed with the jury’s decision and respectfully disagree with her. We will explore all available legal options, including understood to appeal the verdict. “