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News release, for immediate release Ė Thursday, May 14, 2009.
Contact: Bob Brammer, Attorney Generalís Office, 515-281-6699
Tom Alger, Iowa Insurance Division, 515-242-5179, or 877-955-1212
Greg Lievens, Butler County Attorney, 319-267-2521

Iowa Attorney Generalís Office
Attorney General Tom Miller

Iowa Insurance Division
Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss

Butler County Attorney
Greg Lievens

One-Year Deadline for Legal Action
Could Apply if Insurance Disputes Resulted
from Parkersburg Area Tornado Damage

State and local officials are alerting Parkersburg area residents that some insurance policy contracts contain a requirement that any legal action must be initiated within one year of the event that resulted in an insurance claim -- such as last year’s tornado -- if a homeowner has a legal dispute with his or her insurance company.

Attorney General Tom Miller, Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss, and Butler County Attorney Greg Lievens advised homeowners to check their policies and contact their insurance agents if they are in dispute with their insurance company about paying for damages caused by the tornado, and if they want to be sure not to lose their right to sue.

Some policies might have a 12-month deadline, and others might have a 24-month or other deadline for initiating any legal action, Voss said. If a deadline is approaching, consumers may wish to contact an attorney of their choice.

Consumers also may contact the Iowa Insurance Division at 515-281-5705 or 877-955-1212 (toll-free) if they have questions.

Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day), marks the one-year anniversary of the Parkersburg area tornado that caused substantial residential and commercial damage, injury, and loss of life.

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