A Longview church and school are suing an insurance-related company, alleging it denied damage claims to the school after its foundation and flooring collapsed.

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese, on behalf of St. Mary's Catholic Church & School, filed a lawsuit Oct. 30 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Waldorf Risk Solutions, on behalf of underwriters at Lloyd's London, alleging breach of insurance contract and breach of good faith.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased a policy from Waldorf Risk Solutions to insure the school's property at 405 Hollybrook Drive, Longview. In late spring 2013, St. Mary's discovered the abnormal and catastrophic collapse of the school's foundation and flooring, which was due to the most severe drought in East Texas recorded history, the suit says.

Claims were properly submitted to Walford Risk, which, the suit alleges, improperly denied the school's damage claims, citing it as "normal settlement."

The plaintiff seeks compensatory and additional/treble damages, attorney fees, costs of the suit, court costs, and statutory penalties. It is represented by attorney Rex A. Nichols Jr. of Nichols & Nichols in Longview.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 2:15-cv-01699-JRG.

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