Insurance company says couple burned down own home

VONORE, Tenn. (AP) -- The company that insured a lesbian couple's home claims the women set a fire that destroyed it.

Carole Ann Stutte and Jean Stutte filed a lawsuit in February, claiming a former neighbor was responsible for the September 2010 fire.

A federal lawsuit was filed May 13 against the Stuttes by the American National Property and Casualty Company, claiming the couple started the fire that consumed their own home, according to The Associated Press.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has not filed any criminal charges in relation to the fire.

The attorney representing the Stuttes in their lawsuit against former neighbor Janice Millsaps says the couple have 20 days from when the lawsuit was filed to respond.

The insurance company has denied the Stuttes' damage claim.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by WH Location: Knoxville on May 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    What facts are you basing your opinion on? A newspaper article that only tells one side of the story? You don't know the beginning of this story, and you don't know the Stuttes personally. The insurance company files a claim with no evidence and that's enough? Really? If you took the time to look at the actual court document, which is posted online on another news website, you would see what I am talking about. They filed a claim with a 'preponderance' of evidence, but failed to include this in their lawsuit filing. Do you really think the insurance company wants to pay out benefits? They will find any reason not to pay. Take it from one who used to work for 10 years in the insurance industry. Also, there have been no charges against the Stuttes, by the Sheriff or TBI or FBI. Do you not think if there was a prepondeance of evidence, this would be case closed? So, you see, you have no facts.
  • by Howard Location: Tennessee on May 28, 2011 at 11:06 PM
    This is terrible. I hope the poor woman this couple accused turns around and sues them back.
  • by jenny Location: jefferson city on May 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM
    @citizen it matters because they were saying that was the reason they were burned down
  • by citizen Location: Morristown on May 27, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Does it really matter lesbian or not fact is they burned down home end of story.

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