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Jury awards Shannen Doherty $ 6.3 million in State Farm fire lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal jury in Los Angeles awarded actor Shannen Doherty $ 6.3 million on Monday in a lawsuit alleging State Farm did not pay enough for damage to his home during a wildfire in California in 2018.

The jury concluded that the insurance giant’s failure to pay police benefits for Doherty’s house in Malibu was “unreasonable and without good cause.”

The verdict covers damage to Doherty’s home and property, emotional distress, and attorney fees.

“We thank the members of the jury for their careful consideration of Shannen’s case,” Doherty’s attorney, Devin McRae, said in a statement. “We are happy that they saw the case as we do. This should send a message to State Farm and the other institutions that they must remember that they are dealing with human beings. ”

Doherty, the 50-year-old former star of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Charmed” and “Heathers” revealed in February 2020 that the breast cancer she was diagnosed with in 2015 had come back and passed to stage 4.

Her attorneys have said in court documents that “instead of living out her final years peacefully in her home, Ms. Doherty remains displaced and fights with her insurance company.”

In its own statement on Monday, State Farm said, “We sympathize with Ms. Doherty’s health and wish her the best. We are disappointed with the jury’s decision and respectfully disagree with it. We will explore all available legal options, including appealing the verdict. “

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