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Insurance company sues over courthouse fire

Webster County Courthouse fire (Brian and Jennifer Tehan)
Webster County Courthouse fire (Brian and Jennifer Tehan)
Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 3/05/2014 4:21 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- The insurance carrier who provided Webster County coverage for the courthouse is claming the county is attempting to collect more that it is entitled to receive under its policy.

Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company says they had a policy with the county to cover 10 locations with a blanket coverage limit of $6.1 million.

The policy also includes limits on seperate items, including business property and debris removal.

The insurer says it has paid Webster County over $2.3 million over the fire that destroyed the county courthouse in Walthall in January of 2013.

The company says the policy states the insurer will only pay the county for the actual cash value of replacement or repair.

The lawsuit says the county hired an adjuster who advised them the request the full coverage limits set in the policy.

Atlantic Specialty has asked the judge to side with them against the county and order Webster County supervisors to repay the company for court costs and attorney fees.

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