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Insurer drops flood suit against Will County, other communities

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:54 p.m. CDT

Less than two months after the initial filing, Farmers Insurance Co. has dropped a class-action lawsuit against Will County and several other counties, as well as dozens of communities, claiming those governments failed to prevent damages caused by heavy flooding last spring.

Ultimately, the lawsuit sought to recover funds the insurance company paid out to more than 600 property owners affected by the April 2013 flooding. At the time of the filing, company spokesman Trent Frager described the damage as “completely preventable.”

Charles Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County State’s Attorney’s office, said the dismissal was filed June 9, but declined further comment.

The Will County lawsuit had listed the county along with 12 municipalities as defendants: Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, New Lenox, Shorewood, Frankfort, Lockport, Manhattan, Channahon, Homer Glen, Naperville and University Park.

Similar lawsuits had been filed the same day in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle and McHenry counties.

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