Federal Jury awards Demopolis man $510,000; rejects arson charges by Nationwide

12-18-2012 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Early morning sun reveals the damage caused by a fire at Newton Tire, as Demopolis fireman Justin King walks by.

12-18-2012 — Demopolis, Ala. — Early morning sun reveals the damage caused by a fire at Newton Tire, as Demopolis fireman Justin King walks by.

A United States Federal District Court jury awarded Nall’s Newton Tire and John Nall $510,000.00 against Nationwide Insurance Company for the value of the property and contents formerly known at Nall’s Newton Tire located on U. S. Hwy 80 West in Demopolis. A jury determined that the fire at Nall’s Newton Tire was accidental and not arson. The jury found John Nall had wrongfully been accused of arson and determined that Nationwide had wrongfully refused to pay him. Nall’s Newton Tire and John Nall were represented by K. Scott Stapp and L. Hunter Compton, Jr. of the law firm of Manley, Traeger, Perry & Stapp in Demopolis, Ala.

12-18-2012 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Early morning sun reveals the damage caused by a fire at Newton Tire.

12-18-2012 — Demopolis, Ala. — Early morning sun reveals the damage caused by a fire at Newton Tire.

 

“It was clear that Nationwide made numerous errors in its investigation and their wrongful determination of arson,” said Stapp. “It was obvious from the evidence that John Nall did not intentionally set the blaze which destroyed his livelihood and business.”

“I appreciated the truthful testimony of local law enforcement and witnesses which made it clear that the theory put forth by Nationwide was simply wrong and this was not an arson fire,” said Compton. “John Nall is proud to have this horrible chapter in his life behind him and wanted to thank his customers and friends for their continued support.”