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Griswold, CT: (Aug-16-07) The town of Griswold brought a lawsuit against Hartford Insurance Co. over an insurance policy on the old town hall, which was destroyed by a fire in early 2006. A claim was filed after the old town hall, located at 32 School St., was gutted by a blaze on Jan. 3, 2006. It was later discovered that the building's insurance policy had expired four months earlier. Hartford Insurance, citing the policy's expiration, denied the town's claim. The town disputed the rejection of the claim, saying that under state law, the policy was still in effect despite its expiration. Five months after the fire, First Selectwoman Anne Hatfield sent a letter to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal asking for a third-party investigation into the fire and possible related improprieties. Hatfield stated that town employees had been uncooperative on the matter and that she felt a third-party investigation would be a proper solution to solving this issue. In a settlement reached, Hartford Insurance agreed to pay $550,000 to the town as part of a settlement of the $2.1 million insurance policy on the old town hall. [THE DAY: FIRE INSURANCE]

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Published on Aug-19-07


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