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Man alleges insurer denied claim after car set fire

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 20, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County man is suing an insurance company for allegedly refusing to pay coverage premiums after his car was set fire in an act of vandalism.

Sahaar Webb filed a complaint on Feb. 21 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Progressive Insurance Counselors Corporation, alleging the defendant denied a claim for insurance proceeds.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 5, 2015, his Dodge Charger was insured in full and that all conditions under the policy had been satisfied and paid, but he claims he was denied his claim for all damages after the vehicle was set on fire in an act of vandalism committed by an unknown individual.

As a result, Webb claims he suffered loss of the vehicle and was forced to find and pay for alternative means of transportation. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to pay him coverage of loss in excess of $35,000, failed to treat its insured client fairly, failed to consider an insured's claim promptly and failed to put insured's financial interest ahead of its own.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment amounting to $60,000 exclusive of costs, attorney's fees and such other relief as the court may require.

He is represented by Matthew T. Nagel and Tyler Beckerle of Bistate Law Center in Chesterfield, Mo.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-74

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