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Couple sues insurance firm for alleged fraud

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 21, 2015

A St. Clair County couple filed a lawsuit against a financial company regarding a 2014 contractual matter, claiming fraud and misrepresentation.

Gene Hyatt and Ho Ann Hyatt of Fairview Heights filed a complaint on July 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Genworth Financial, alleging breach of contract in a December 2014 insurance dispute.

According to the filing, the plaintiffs entered into a contract with the defendant for an insurance policy prior to Nov. 19, 2001. Court documents indicate that the agreement included a cancellation clause, but that when the plaintiffs send a certified letter to Genworth on Dec. 31, 2014 cancelling the policy and requesting a pro-rated refund of premiums paid, the defendant allegedly refused to remit the funds.

The Hyatts accuse the financial firm of several counts including breach of contract, consumer fraud and bad faith.

According to the policy, the couple claims they are owed $31,500.00. They seek an additional $60,000.00 for the defendant’s purportedly intentional misrepresentation.

The plaintiffs seek judgment in their favor plus attorneys’ fees and costs. They are represented by Charles J. Baricevic of Chatham & Baricevic in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-388

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