Allstate sues sewer line maker over flood at client's home

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Dec. 21, 2010, 10:30am

GALVESTON - Allstate Insurance Co. has filed suit against Everlotus Industries Co.; Zhejiang Metals & Minerals Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.; and Interline Brands after flooding reportedly took place last year at a client's residence.

The insurer argues that a toilet supply line designed, manufactured or distributed by the defendants is to blame for the alleged Dec. 2, 2009, incident at William P. Spragg's Galveston home.

Court papers were filed Dec. 3 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 3.

The toilet supply line in question was defective when it left the defendants' watch and made its way to a store shelf before it was installed at the Spragg's house, the original petition states.

It additionally shows the residence and Spragg's personal belongings sustained damage, which prompted the insured to file a claim under his homeowner's policy.

Allstate insists Spragg did nothing to cause the disputed malfunction, stressing the defendants' alleged negligence as the primary and direct cause.

Consequently, the suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Paul Vigushin of Dallas is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Roy Quintanilla is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 64,201

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