Stutman Law Defeats Governmental Immunity Defense, Scores High Six-Figure Settlement During Trial

Stutman Law’s client paid significant damages after its insured suffered a catastrophic flooding incident.  The flood occurred during the course of renovations at a federally designated historic building near Charlotte, North Carolina.  Stutman Law’s investigation revealed that the local city-owned water utility company caused the flooding incident and resulting damages by failing to properly shut off water to the building.  Stutman Law retained qualified water utility experts and subsequently sued the city.  In its defense, the city argued that it could not be held responsible for the water utility’s alleged negligence pursuant to North Carolina’s governmental immunity statute.  After Stutman Law overcame that defense and engaged in substantial motion practice, the case proceeded to trial.  The city ultimately settled the case for $760,000.00 after the jury was selected.