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Hammann v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.

620 F.2d 588 (1980)

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Hammann v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

620 F.2d 588 (1980)

Facts

A fire occurred in a barn owned by Bruce Hammann (plaintiff). Hammann had a fire insurance policy with Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company (Hartford) (defendant). Hammann brought suit against Hartford, seeking to recover under the policy for damage to the barn. Hartford contended that Hammann committed arson. Hartford sought to introduce evidence of previous fires that had occurred on Hammann’s properties. These fires resulted in insurance recoveries. The district-court judge admitted evidence of the previous fires. However, the judge instructed the jury that the previous fires were to be considered as bearing only on Hammann’s motive to commit arson. The jury ruled in favor of Hartford. Hammann appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Martin, J.)

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