On Tuesday, December 10, a jury verdict was returned for $200,000 against State Farm Insurance Company and in favor of a man who had been employed by State Farm for 25 years (Dennis L. Brady v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Hamilton County Circuit Court).
The plaintiff’s attorney, Mike Stephenson, said his client, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball (1964), was satisfied with the outcome.
“Unfortunately, although the case took only two days to try, it was at significant expense to the plaintiff, who had been willing to settle for a reasonable amount,” Stephenson said.
According to the complaint, Stephenson’s client was in a car accident in 2007 and thereafter made an underinsured motorist claim under his policy; he requested that State Farm, his insurer as well as his employer, allow him to arbitrate the matter and not be required to take the matter to a jury.
“This request was denied,” Stephenson said, “and so we filed a civil case and let a jury decide the damages.”