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Suit filed over 2023 East Palestine train derailment

LISBON — State Farm Fire & Casualty Company filed a lawsuit Thursday against Norfolk Southern over damages to two East Palestine homes allegedly caused by last year’s derailment and chemical fire.

The complaint filed in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court by the insurance company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. against the railroad also headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. stems from payouts to replace or repair properties on East Main Street and Alice Street for two insured clients.

A payment was made on behalf of Justin Daubenmire, the owner of the property at 521 E. Main St., in the amount of $32,025 for the property itself and $39,374 for personal property for a total of $74,199, which includes the $2,799 deductible.

A payment of $13,051, subject to a $500 deductible, was made on behalf of Barbara Georgescu, the owner of property at 274 Alice St.

The lawsuit seeks damages equal to the amounts the insurance company had to pay on behalf of the two insured clients.

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