Jury awards Shannen Doherty $6.3 million in State Farm fire lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury in Los Angeles awarded actor Shannen Doherty $6.3 million on Monday in a lawsuit alleging State Farm failed to pay enough for damage to his home during a a California wildfire in 2018.

The jury found that the insurance giant’s failure to pay police benefits for Doherty’s Malibu home was “unreasonable and without cause.”

The verdict covers damage to Doherty’s home and property, emotional distress and attorney’s fees.

“We thank the members of the jury for their careful consideration of Shannen’s case,” Doherty’s attorney, Devin McRae, said in a statement. “We’re glad they saw the case the way we do. This should send a message to State Farm and other institutions that they shouldn’t forget that they are dealing with human beings.

Doherty, the 50-year-old former ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, ‘Charmed’ and ‘Heathers’ star, revealed in February 2020 that the breast cancer she was diagnosed with in 2015 had come back and progressed to stage 4.

Her lawyers said in court papers that “instead of living out her final years peacefully in her home, Ms. Doherty remains displaced and battling with her insurance company.”

In its own statement Monday, State Farm said, “We sympathize with Ms. Doherty’s health and wish her the best. We are disappointed with the jury’s decision and respectfully disagree with it. We will explore all available legal options, including appealing the verdict. »

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