Insurer Asks Judge To Nix Cleveland Bar's Atty Fee Request

By Ben Zigterman (May 17, 2022, 4:06 PM EDT) -- Auto-Owners Insurance Co. told an Ohio federal judge Tuesday that the attorney for a Cleveland bar should not be awarded $293,000 in fees and expenses it requested after winning a $1.2 million jury verdict over coverage for fire damage.

At most, the insurer argued in the filing, Daniel Shimko should get $91,000 for representing Blues to You Inc., which does business as Wilbert's Food & Music.

In April, a jury ruled in favor of Blues to You on its claims that Auto-Owners breached its contract and acted in bad faith, awarding the bar $1.2 million, including $375,000 in punitive damages.

The bar had...

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