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State Farm, Donora Historical Society settle lawsuit over damages sustained during heavy snowfall

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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 2:47 p.m.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has settled its federal lawsuit against the Donora Historical Society but can't provide any details of the settlement, an attorney for the insurer said Thursday.

Both sides filed a motion on Thursday to dismiss the lawsuit. State Farm was seeking to recover about $156,000 it paid in claims to the owners of an adjacent Washington County property when the society's building partially collapsed onto their home during a February 2010 snowstorm.

The insurer claimed the society, which quit using the building in 2008, knew it was unsound before the collapse. The society claimed the building was still structurally sound but collapsed due to a heavy snowfall that damaged several other buildings in the region.

Daniel Luccaro, one of the lawyers for State Farm, confirmed there was a settlement but said its terms are confidential. A spokesman for the society referred questions to Thomas Birris, the lawyer representing the society in the lawsuit. Birris couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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