PHILADELPHIA – A Morrisville couple is suing their neighbor after he allegedly damaged their house while cutting down a tree.

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., on behalf of Jeremy and Amanda Steinmann, filed a complaint on Dec. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against David Kada, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the Steinmann's property shares a boundary with a rental property Kada owns. There was a tree on the defendant's property that he had been planning on removing for some time, and when the plaintiffs heard of his plans, they pleaded that he hire a professional service in order to prevent damages to their property or persons. Kada ignored the requests and on July 24, 2014, he used a chainsaw to cut down the tree, which fell onto the plaintiffs' property, causing extensive damages to their home and surroundings, including a fire in the basement, the suit states. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., the Steinmann's insurer, paid more than $350,000 for the damages.

The Steinmanns are seeking financial compensation of more then $350,000 for all damages to their property. They are represented by Lawrence F. Walker of Cozen O'Connor PC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:15-cv-06609

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