GRETNA – An insurance company is suing a plumbing supply company it claims is responsible for the flooding of a customer’s home.

Allstate Indemnity Company and Barton Rudesill filed suit against Jones Stephens Corporation and an unknown parts manufacturer and seller in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 6.

Allstate Indemnity Company and Rudesill assert that on July 7, 2014 a toilet ballcock and nut supplied by Jones Stephens Corporation malfunctioned and caused Rudesill’s home located at 5204 Hearst Street in Metairie, which was covered by a property insurance policy provided by Allstate Indemnity Company. The plaintiffs claim the flood caused significant damage to Rudesill’s home and its contents.

The defendant is accused of products liability, violation of the Louisiana Products Liability Act and unreasonable construction of toilet components.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought by the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Tinashe Eugene Chimwaza of Alexandria-based Armour Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 751-269.

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