State Farm drops lawsuit against Fannie Mae over squatter fire in PA

Occupants of the Fannie Mae property started a fire in November 2021, which damaged the home of a woman who lived two doors down.

State Farm paid more than $75,000 for the homeowner’s claim as a result of the fire, and it sought to recover these funds through the lawsuit.

Filing a motion to dismiss next month, Fannie Mae said it has been trying to evict squatters from its foreclosure properties since November 2019. However, that eviction process was extended after the noo’ y governor Tom Wolf of the eviction moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Because of this eviction moratorium, Fannie Mae argued that it had no legal liability to State Farm, as it had no control over the property at the time of the fire.

“Although Fannie Mae initiated legal eviction proceedings prior to the moratorium, as the moratorium continues to be extended, the squatters continue to unlawfully remain on the property until November 2021, which is the alleged fire,” wrote the government-sponsored mortgage entity. .

“Fannie Mae owed no duty of care recognized by Pennsylvania law at the time of the alleged incident to State Farm, and the claims against it must be dismissed as a matter of law.”

The terms of the settlement between the two companies were not disclosed, according to a Law360 reportswith counsel for both parties declining to comment.

State Farm’s latest legal development follows filed a patent lawsuit against Amazon in November 2022.

In a complaint filed in Delaware federal court, State Farm said Amazon copied the technology used in its Sundial senior healthcare assistance product, including its check-in and monitoring features, its “circle of friends” feature for -coordinate caregiver responsibilities, and chatbot feature. .

“This is just the latest example of Amazon unfairly using its massive platform and global scale to siphon off other companies’ innovations for its own benefit,” the insurer said in its suit.

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