State Farm takes construction company to state court for allegedly damaging policyholders' garage

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 8, 2018


PITTSBURGH – A local construction company is being taken to court for allegedly damaging one of its clients’ properties when removing their garage, and is facing legal action from the homeowners’ insurance company.

State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. of Bloomington, Ill. (for administrative services only, representing Scott and Julie Yacoviello of Pittsburgh) filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 28 versus Reynolds Brothers, Inc., of Burgettstown.

“On or about April 14, 2017, during the removal of the subject property’s attached garage, said property was damaged; this caused extensive damage to subrogors’ real and personal property, as well as the imposition of other expenses and hardships besides. Thus, as a result of the negligent and/or otherwise unlawful action and/or inaction of defendant, subrogors suffered damage to their property, as well as the imposition of additional expenses and hardship besides, in an amount in excess of $50,000. Upon payment of subrogors’ claim under the above-described insurance policy, plaintiff became subrogated to certain rights and interests of subrogors, including the claims giving rise to this action,” the suit states.

The plaintiff claims the defendants failed to exercise reasonable care of its duties at the subject property by not removing the attached garage safely, failing to warn subrogors and others of the dangers associated with same and violating the standards of care in both laws and industry practices applicable to this action.

For counts of negligence, breach of contract and breach of implied warranties, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs, interests and any other relief the Court deems equitable and just.

The plaintiff is represented by Daniel J. deLuca of de Luca Levine, in Blue Bell.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-017817

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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