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Date: 05-31-2011

Case Style: Opitz, Inc. v. Le Mars Insurance Company

Case Number: CJ-2009-902

Judge: Gary E. Miller

Court: District Court, Canadian County, Oklahoma

Plaintiff's Attorney: James A. Belote, Jack Stipe and Tom Hoch

Defendant's Attorney: Tom E. Mullen and John Mark McAlester

Description: Opitz, Inc., d/b/a 5 Star Storage sued Le Mars Insurance Company and Central Oklahoma Cliams, Inc. claiming that it was insured under a commercial lines policy issued by Le Mars and that the insured property was damaged in a violent hailstorm on February 10, 2009. Plaintiff claimed that Le Mars unreasonably breached its duty to deal fairly and in good faith with it.

La Mars admitted that it issued an insurance policy to Plaintiff and that the property was damaged but denies all other claims made by Plaintiff.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $415,000 in compensatory damages and $225,000 in punitive damages. Plaintiff dismissed with prejudice as to Central Oklahoma Claims, Inc.

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