A Bibb County man lost his appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court about a lawsuit he filed with his insurance company after a house fire.
In a ruling published Monday 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 Feb. 26, 2006. Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance notified Thornton in April 2006 that investigators determined the blaze was deliberately set. After further investigation, the insurance company denied coverage in October 2006, as it contended Thornton was involved in causing the fire and misrepresenting facts.
Thornton filed a lawsuit March 15, 2007, but the suit was thrown out because it was filed after the one-year deadline. In his appeal to the Court of Appeals, Thornton argued the clock on the deadline should have been stopped during the insurance company’s investigation.
The Georgia Supreme Court agreed with the Appeals Court ruling that the contract was straightforward and the lawsuit was properly dismissed.