CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County homeowner is suing an insurance company, alleging breach of contract.

Charles Brown of Tarpon Springs filed a complaint Sept. 19 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Citizens Property Insurance Company, alleging that the insurer breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, on June 16, 2014, Brown suffered physical damage to his roofing system at 1827 River Watch, Blvd., Tarpon Springs, due to hail, which is a covered peril. However, the suit says, the defendant has denied Brown's claim and has failed to pay the benefits despite all conditions to obtaining payment being met by the plaintiff. 

The plaintiff alleges Citizens Property failed to compensate him the full benefits available under the policy for the loss, and forced him to retain the services of an attorney to protect his interests.

Brown seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, interest, court costs, expert fees and attorney fees. He is represented by attorney Vanessa Ross of Stockham Law Group PA in Sarasota.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 17-C-5702

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