Former Contractor Victorious After State Farm Legal Defeat
Joseph Radcliff: 'I Knew I Was Innocent'
7:21 AM, Jul 8, 2011
A former Noblesville contractor accused of intentionally damaging customers' roofs after a massive hailstorm to collect on bogus claims has won a legal battle, but said it won't help restore his business.In the aftermath of the April 2006 hailstorm, State Farm Insurance accused Joeseph Radcliff of using a dime to damage shingles, a fraudulent act known as dime spinning, 6News' Rafael Sanchez reported.Radcliff denied the claims and filed suit against State Farm for defamation.Five years after the storm, a jury ruled against the insurance giant, ordering State Farm to pay Radcliff $14.5 million in damages.Despite the ruling, Radcliff said the allegations shut down his business, CPM Construction, and hurt his family."I knew that I was innocent. The facts speak for themselves," Radcliff said after the ruling. "My time in this industry is over, despite my vindication."Radcliff's attorney, William Riley, echoed his client's sentiments."State Farm is not a good neighbor. It wasn't a good neighbor to Joe Radcliff or to the homeowners who they have (accused of) intentional vandalism, which was not the case," he said.In an e-mail response, State Farm representatives said the insurance company was disappointed with the outcome of the case and said that it does not believe the verdict is supported by the facts or the law.State Farm representatives said they have yet to decide whether they would appeal the judgment.