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Tag Archives: Declaratory Judgment

SCV: Church merger raised issues of contract, not religion (access required)

A circuit court had jurisdiction to decide a merger dispute between two churches. Resolution centered on the parties’ merger agreement, not their religious doctrines or other ecclesiastical questions. Background After falling behind on its mortgage payments, Pure Presbyterian Church of ...

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State Farm settles fire loss that went to policy’s appraisal process – $243,000 Settlement (access required)

The insured’s Mecklenburg County home burned in July 2013. She had first-party homeowner’s coverage with State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. State Farm paid some on the claim, but not a reasonable amount. So the insured hired a public adjuster ...

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4th Circuit: Carrier has duty to defend, even if there are excluded claims – Declaratory judgment (access required)

On March 3, 2015, homeowners sued ARC Construction LLC and Ali Ergul, ARC’s manager, in the District of Co­lumbia Superior Court with regard to renovation and demolition work performed on their neighbors’ half of a duplex home. The plaintiffs, who ...

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