New Orleans resident sues over denied drywall claim

Michelle Massey May 21, 2010, 4:28am



New Orleans resident Jude Marullo is suing over a denied Chinese drywall claim.

According to a suit filed May 17 in Orleans Parish District Court,
shortly after he discovered his home on Bancroft Drive was built with Chinese manufactured drywall in June 2009, Marullo provided a notice of claim under his all-risk homeowner's insurance policy. His claim was later denied, states the suit against Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Marullo claims he complied with all of his obligations under the policy including paying all premiums due. He accuses the company of failing to meet its obligations under the terms of the policy by refusing to pay or cover his loss.

Further, Marullo states the insurer allegedly misrepresented the policy provisions, including the exclusions. Marullo claims it breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

He is asking the court to award damages including costs of proceedings, penalties, attorney fees, and interest.

New Orleans attorneys Scott R. Bickford and Lawrence J. Centola, III of Martzell & Bickford are representing Marullo.

Judge Lloyd J. Medley is assigned to the case.

Case No. 10-5013

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