Lakeland True Value Hardware v. The Hartford Fire Insurance Co.Annotate this Case
After the roof collapsed on Lakeland True Value Hardware, LLC's (Lakeland) store, Lakeland sought payment for business personal property and business income losses from its insurer, The Hartford Fire Insurance Co. (Hartford). Lakeland filed suit, asserting bad faith and breach of contract. The district court granted summary judgment dismissing the bad faith claim for lack of evidence. The breach of contract claim proceeded to trial, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Hartford. On appeal, Lakeland challenged the order granting summary judgment. Lakeland also asserted: (1) the jury was confused as to the period of coverage and the district court's evidentiary rulings and jury instructions relevant to that issue were erroneous; (2) the jury verdict was not supported by substantial and competent evidence; and (3) that the district court erred by awarding discretionary costs to Hartford. Finding no error, the Supreme Court affirmed.