Kyle Barnett Jan. 9, 2015, 4:43pm


GRETNA – A homeowner and his property insurer are suing the manufacturer and seller of a toilet water line coupling that allegedly failed and damaged property.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and Richard Howe filed suit against Watts Regulator Co. and an unknown parts manufacturer and seller in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 27.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and Howe contend that Howe’s home located at 4313 Pratt St. in Metairie was damaged after a toilet line coupling failed and flooded the residence. The plaintiffs allege that the flooding was due to a defect in the part provided by the defendants and was the cause of the damage to the plaintiff’s home. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and Howe claim that the defective piece was unreasonably dangerous in its design.

The defendant is accused of providing a defective piece of equipment.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for the cost of repairs.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and Howe is represented by Bonita Preuett Armour of Alexandria-based Armour Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division H Judge Glenn B. Ansardi.

Case no. 743-726.

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