Farmers Insurance Dismisses Lawsuits Against Illinois Communities

On June 3, as reported by Bloomberg BNA, Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. voluntarily dismissed six class action lawsuits against 200 Northern Illinois municipalities in Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Will and Lake counties. The lawsuits claimed that entities, such as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, were responsible for more than 600 flood insurance claims filed after record floods in April 2013. According to Farmers, the municipalities were liable due to a lack of reasonable stormwater control measures.

These lawsuits were novel, and according to the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency, Farmers did not have grounds for litigation. However, Farmers said that it wanted to bring attention to stormwater and flood issues and that it hopes to engage with municipalities in cooperative discussions.

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