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Crime & Courts

Farmers Insurance drops lawsuit against DeKalb County

SYCAMORE – Illinois Farmers Insurance Company has dropped its lawsuit against DeKalb County and seven area municipalities.

The lawsuit alleged local officials failed to protect residents against heavy rainfall about April 17, 2013, when waterways such as the Kishaukee River flooded, causing evacuations and street closures. The suit sought an undetermined amount of damages.

DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein filed a motion June 5 asking the court to dismiss the suit because Farmers did not issue a summons until May 21, more than a year after the rainfall. The statute of limitations or deadline requires civil action against the county to be issued within a year of the incident, court records show. Illinois Farmers Insurance Company voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit June 11, court records show.

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