A Bibb County man lost his appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court over a lawsuit he filed with his insurance company following a house fire.
In a ruling published this morning, the court unanimously upheld a Georgia Court of Appeals decision dismissing the suit because it was filed more than a year after the fire.
According to court documents, fire destroyed LaGrande Thornton's home on Feb. 26, 2006. The Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance company notified Thornton in April of 2006 that investigators determined the blaze was deliberately set. After further investigation, the insurance company denied coverage in October of 2006 as it contended Thornton was involved in causing the fire and misrepresenting facts.
Thornton filed suit March 15, 2007, but the suit was thrown out because it was filed after the one-year deadline. In his appeal to the Court o f Appeals, Thornton argued the clock on the deadline should have been stopped during the insurance company's investigation.
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The Georgia Supreme Court agreed with the Appeals Court ruling that the contract was straightforward and the lawsuit was properly dismissed.