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Shannen Doherty Fires Back At State Farm After Company's Statements About Cancer Diagnosis

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By Robin Burks

The case between Shannen Doherty and State Farm Insurance seems to get uglier and more complicated with each passing day. Doherty and her lawyers have filed a motion against State Farm Insurance after the company made what some might consider insensitive remarks about how she was using her recent stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis to gain sympathy. This is all part of an ongoing suit that Doherty has brought up against State Farm concerning a fire at her home in Malibu.

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The case against State Farm

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Doherty brought a lawsuit against State Farm after the company failed to pay out as much as she had hoped for to repair her house after the fire. State Farm insists that the damage was only smoke-related, but Doherty alleges that the damage was far more extensive. However, the actress refused to turn over her medical records to the court, for fear that they would be leaked to the public. Those records presumably contain details about her latest cancer diagnosis.

Shannen's battle against cancer

Shannen Doherty
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Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. After seeking treatment, she announced that her cancer was in remission as of 2017. However, Doherty recently appeared in an interview on Good Morning America and announced that her cancer had returned and that it was stage 4. At the time, she said it was "a bitter pill to swallow." Since then, scores of friends and fans have offered words of support to the actress on social media in light of her heartbreaking situation.

State Farm's response

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Unlike a good neighbor, though, as State Farm's advertising claims, State Farm was not there and filed documents in court stating that Doherty was using her cancer diagnosis to garner "sympathy" with the court. State Farm alleges that Doherty made the announcement about her cancer diagnosis to get a bigger payout. The documents said:

"Plaintiff improperly claims she is entitled to have her entire home rebuilt at a cost of $2.7 million because she has breast cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

Doherty and her lawyers respond

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In response to State Farm's statement about Doherty trying to get "sympathy" from the court, her team of lawyers filed a motion for sanctions against the company. The new documents state:

"Plaintiff Shannen Doherty will and hereby does move this Court for an award of Sanctions against Defendant State Farm General Insurance Company and its attorneys Cozen O'Connor.

The documents allege that State Farm violated an existing protective order by "disclosing information designated as 'Confidential' and 'Highly Confidential - Attorneys Eyes Only'."

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