Albany Times Union: Fire-Insurance Fight Leads to Court

Kristopher and Sara Brenenstuhl lost their home in Watervliet to a fire. Then they were called arsonists – without any criminal charges or direct proof – by their insurance company, which refused to pay their claim. Finally, they took the insurer, the Rhode Island-based Amica Mutual, to federal court. As the case was about to go to trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian Hummel, the Brenenstuhls and Amica Mutual agreed on a settlement that will pay the couple $350,000.