Dave and Kathei Hendrickson have filed suit against Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon for denying them coverage when their four-level home cascaded down a hill into two other houses on Oct. 8. The Hendricksons allege in the $2 million complaint filed Dec. 10 in Multnomah County Circuit Court that Farmers has been “calculatingly malicious” in its refusal to pay for any damage resulting from the landslide.
According to homeowner’s insurance expert witnesses, “earth movement” is not typically covered by homeowner’s insurance and requires a rare extra policy. The Hendricksons claim in their suit that a Farmers Insurance agent told them when they bought a “Protector Plus Homeowners Package” that it would cover all eventualities, including earth movement.
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