Parties seek an umpire in property damage appraisal

By Robbie Hargett | Nov 19, 2015

An insurance company is suing a Reading couple over a controversy regarding the couple's home.

The Cincinnati Insurance Co. filed a declaratory judgment action Nov. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Randall Todd Good and Kristin Good in an attempt to have the court appoint an umpire to settle an appraisal.

On May 22, 2014, the Goods' property at 1300 Garden Lane in Reading was purportedly damaged from hail impacting the slate roof. The Goods presented a claim to Cincinnati Insurance under their homeowner policy.

The two parties disagreed over the amount of the damages, so they each appointed an appraiser to separately set the amount of physical loss.

The two appraisers have not been able to reach an agreement on an umpire for their appraisals, in accordance with the policy's appraisal provision.

Cincinnati Insurance seeks a declaration appointing an umpire pursuant to the appraisal provision contained in the insurance policy. The plaintiff is represented by attorney William Krekstein of Timoney Knox in Fort Washington.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:15-cv-06087

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