Settlement ends litigation between Progressive Insurance and driver who allegedly damaged vehicle of policyholder

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Progressive Insurance recently settled a lawsuit against a driver it believes caused a serious accident which damaged a vehicle owned by one of its insured policyholders.

Per a praecipe filed by plaintiff counsel Michael J. Dougherty on March 19, Progressive Specialty Insurance’s lawsuit against George B. King of Philadelphia was settled for an undisclosed amount and was requested to be marked as “settled, discontinued and ended”. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Progressive Specialty Insurance of Mayfield Heights, Ohio first filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on June 20, 2017 against King.

Progressive argued it provided an insurance policy to an unnamed insured, when, on Oct. 2, 2015, King allegedly caused a vehicular accident at the intersection of Wissahickon Avenue and Kroc Center Drive, in Philadelphia.

Progressive claimed King failed to have his motor vehicle under proper control, traveled too fast for the roadway conditions and was generally negligent under the circumstances, among other charges.

“As a direct and proximate result of defendant’s negligence, the plaintiff’s insured vehicle sustained property damage and/or incurred rental charges in the total amount of $13,132.48. Pursuant to the insurance policy issued by plaintiff and as a result of the aforesaid payment, plaintiff became subrogated to the claim of its insured against defendant,” the complaint read.

Prior to settlement, Progressive was seeking $13,132.48, plus interest and costs in this matter.

The plaintiff was represented by Benjamin W. Lawrence and Dougherty of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., in Philadelphia.

The defendant was represented by Michael R. Small and John J. Donnelly of Donnelly & Associates, in Conshohocken.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170602110

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