Case Conclusion Date:November 9, 2011
Outcome:Jury verdict for $784,676.65
Description:Fire loss case involving homeowner. Despite the evidence of an electrical event at the receptacle adjacent to the Christmas tree, Nationwide continued to contend that the fire was intentionally set by a member of the family. After hearing all of the evidence, the jury concluded otherwise and returned a verdict for Mrs. Oâ€™Neal in the full amount submitted for the house, contents and additional living expenses. In addition, the jury found that Nationwide had acted in bad faith and awarded an extra 18% as a penalty, and included pre-judgment interest of 10%.