READING – An insurance company alleges a Hershey company's negligence caused two sinkholes that damaged its subrogor's property.
State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., as subrogee of John Machuzick, filed a complaint on Feb. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Pennsylvania-American Water Co. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 17, 2016, the Machuzick property in Reading was damaged due to the sinkholes caused by a water main that ruptured and leaked in August 2016. The suit states the water line was inspected, installed and maintained by the defendant.
The plaintiff holds Pennsylvania-American Water Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly carelessly and negligently maintained a properly functioning water main.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount of more than $150,000 plus interest, damages and any further relief the court grants. It is represented by Daniel J. de Luca of de Luca Levine LLC in Blue Bell.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:18-cv-00432-LS