In­surer’s Vic­tory

Hartford Courant - - Front Page - By The Associated Press

All­state pre­vails in a law­suit over money to fix crum­bling foun­da­tions.

HARTFORD – In­surer All­state has pre­vailed again in a law­suit by Connecticut pol­i­cy­hold­ers seek­ing money to fix their crum­bling house foun­da­tions.

Fed­eral Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford on Tues­day dis­missed a law­suit by Richard and Denise Hyde, of Tol­land, who claimed All­state should be li­able for dam­age to their home’s foun­da­tion caused by de­fec­tive con­crete.

The Connecticut Law Tri­bune re­ports it’s the 14th of 15 le­gal cases won by the in­surer. The re­main­ing case is pend­ing.

An es­ti­mated 35,000 homes in Connecticut and Mas­sachusetts are im­pacted by dis­in­te­grat­ing con­crete con­tain­ing pyrrhotite, an iron sul­fide that re­acts nat­u­rally with oxy­gen and wa­ter. Re­plac­ing a foun­da­tion can cost $100,000 to $200,000.

Many home­own­ers have sued after their in­sur­ers de­nied their claims. The state has set up a fund to help home­own­ers.

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