Mall Used Break-In To Boost $12M Storm Claims, Insurers Say

Law360 (August 19, 2019, 4:52 PM EDT) -- Two Germany-based insurers sued a shopping mall in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, alleging it used a break-in at the mall before Hurricane Maria to improperly claim the building was more susceptible to damage once the storm hit.

Great Lakes Insurance SE and HDI Global Specialty SE argued there is no evidence that the damage to Sunshine Shopping Center Inc. in St. Croix wasn't caused by the September 2017 storm. But they said the mall appeared to have a motivation for mischaracterizing the damages it suffered in order to get around a $3.25 million sublimit for damage related to windstorms...

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