A jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, returned a $14.5 million jury verdict for Joseph Radcliff and his restoration company, CPM Construction of Indiana, against State Farm Fire & Casualty Company. This litigation started when State Farm filed suit for insurance fraud and RICO claims against Radcliff and CPM. The lawsuit arose out of work done by Radcliff and CPM following the April 2006 hailstorm. The lawyers for Radcliff and CPM said that after State Farm received negative publicity in the Indianapolis media for denying hail damage claims, the company made unfounded claims of fraud against Radcliff and instigated the filing of felony charges against him. Those charges were dismissed by the Marion County Prosecutor, but the negative publicity resulted in Radcliff’s personal reputation and business being destroyed. Not only did the jury find that State Farm’s claims against Radcliff were baseless, they also found that the Radcliff’s allegations of being defamed by State Farm were true.
Radcliff was represented by Will Riley, Joe Williams, James Piatt and Jamie Kendall all with the law firm Price Waicukauski & Riley, and Mark McKinzie, who is with Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP, located in Indianapolis. They did a very good job in this case.
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