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02-12-2014 12:52 PM
Bequavious Did we ever hear how this turned out? Did they end up going to court?
01-13-2014 12:16 PM
trcy It's not the same issue, but my parents had damage to the home due to a washer sensor failing and a pipe failing in the wall. Both times State Farm sued the manufacturers and won. However my parents home insurance sky rocketed. It was the only two claims in over 40 years of being with them. They did change insurance companies.

If State Farm is willing to pursue a lawsuit they pretty much are sure they will win.
01-13-2014 11:57 AM
Blanketback Who knows what's going on. But from what OP's said, this is the trainer that the rescue uses. Either the trainer is an outright liar or there really was a previous bite - which wasn't disclosed upon adoption, big no-no. Either way, it sucks.
01-13-2014 11:51 AM
Jax08 Since this guy is such a putz, I would be cautious on calling the rescue out. The guy might have been flat out lying about that previous bite. Look how he's conducted himself so far.
01-13-2014 11:49 AM
Originally Posted by GSDINSOCAL View Post
State Farm is ready to take this to trial as they believe it will help them in the future with case law precedent.
I like the sounds of that! Yes, rake that fraud over the coals. Please. Although I'd think the rescue will probably take quite a beating if it comes out that this is how they operate. The only good thing would be that all the publicity from the trial would ruin the trainer's business.

Thanks for the update, OP. Wishing you and your dog a happy and stress-free New Year - with this foolishness forgotten about!
01-13-2014 02:31 AM
AkariKuragi I hope everything goes well for you!

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01-13-2014 01:46 AM
Chip18 Glad it seems to be working out. And what I've learned here is the key is a certified and licensed trainer!
01-13-2014 01:17 AM
madis Good luck!

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01-13-2014 12:33 AM
Originally Posted by GSDINSOCAL View Post

So insurance company denied the trainers claim and basically told his attorney to file a lawsuit. Insurance carrier believes trainer will not prevail due to something called the Veterinarian Rule, assumption of risk and contributory negligence. Insurance company attorney opined that since this trainer was illegally operating a business (he does not posses a business license) he was engaged in an illegal act, therefore would be barred from filing a lawsuit.

Animal Control inspected my dog and made me pay a $20 "quarantine" fee even though he was never quarantined. That was fine, they basically stated since we do not live in the county where this happened they have no authority to do any thing further.

So, now we wait to see what his attorney will do. State Farm is ready to take this to trial as they believe it will help them in the future with case law precedent.
Ooohh keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!

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01-13-2014 12:24 AM
selzer Kudos to your insurance company for being willing to fight this.

I hope he doesn't get a red cent. And if he presses, I wonder if you can counter sue him for not disclosing that the dog had a bite history and problems, so that you got a potentially dangerous dog from the rescue even though they employed him to evaluate or train the dog -- something to that effect. And get copies of any amounts you have spent at trainers, etc.

I mean, if he wants to play hard-ball, I think it's not your fault that you're a major-league pitcher. Sock it to him.
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