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'90210' Star Shannen Doherty Accused of Refusing To Turn Over Medical Records In Legal Battle Over Malibu Fire

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By Ryan Naumann

Actress Shannen Doherty is allegedly refusing to let her doctor be grilled under oath in the ongoing court battle over damage damage to her Malibu mansion.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, State Farm Insurance has rushed to court demanding a judge step in.

Doherty sued State Farm accusing them of refusing to cover her claims relating to damage done by the Woolsey Fire. The insurance company denies all allegations of wrongdoing. The case is headed to trial in the near future.

In newly filed court documents, State Farm claims, “As of September 11, 2019, State Farm has paid benefits totaling $1,084,948.01 to clean and repair plaintiff’s home and personal property, and for temporary housing and furniture rental. Although State Farm paid for the damage to plaintiff’s home, personal property, and for temporary housing and furniture rental, plaintiff nevertheless alleges she is entitled to additional benefits under her Homeowner’s Policy.”

They claim to have requested a site inspection of her home, months after the fire ended. State Farm claims Doherty has given them the run around and has yet to allow them to access the home damage.

Further, they claim both Doherty’s husband, Kurt Iswarienko, of refusing to sit for a deposition in the case.

“On November 19, 2019, State Farm asked Iswarienko on four instances whether he would appear at his deposition or whether alternative dates were available. Each inquiry was met with a vague response, and Iswarienko, for the first time, represented that State Farm’s desire to depose him was “harassing”.

They accuse Doherty of refusing to produce relevant medical records from her physician Dr. Piro. The motion states, “After State Farm made repeated attempts to confirm the deposition of Dr. Piro, plaintiff’s counsel advised that it was representing Dr. Piro in connection with subpoena and that objections would be served.”

State Farm states,” plaintiff has fed State Farm a variety of false promises and has caused irreparable damage and prejudice. In addition, plaintiff continues to use her medical condition as a sword in this action yet is actively shielding State Farm’s multiple requests for Dr. Piro’s medical records and deposition in order to vet the veracity of her allegations. In fact, as of recently, plaintiff is only willing to provide a declaration from Dr. Piro—which prevents State Farm from conducting any examination of the witness. This disruptive discovery approach cannot be permitted, particularly given plaintiff’s repeated representations that such discovery would be permitted and the fact that Dr. Piro is listed on her initial disclosures.”

A judge has yet to rule.

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Earlier this year, Doherty sued State Farm General Insurance over damage done to her Malibu home in the Woolsey Fire.

In her lawsuit, Doherty blasted them, “State Farm will take advantage of the vulnerability and distress of its policy holders when they find themselves in the very situations they paid thousands of dollars in premiums to insure against.”

Doherty said her home suffered severe smoke damage from the fire and was unable to live at the property.

The actress said State Farm only offered two weeks of coverage for a temporary home, while her property was cleaned up, which Doherty believed was ridiculous.

She called the entire ordeal was “incredibly distressing” especially as she undergoes “invasive cancer treatment, including chemo and radiation therapy. The star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and has been very open about her treatment. Doherty’s lawsuit demanded State Farm have to cover all her losses and damages for wrongful denial of benefits. State Farm denied the allegations of wrongdoing and said they were in the right for denying some of her claims.

State Farm admitted the actress’s home was damaged in the fire and they provided her money for temporary housing.

They accused her of having, “failed to take adequate steps to mitigate the damages claimed, if any. To the extent that Plaintiff’s damages have been increased by her failure to so mitigate, she should be barred from recovering against State Farm.” They demanded her entire lawsuit be thrown out.

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In April, the “90210” actress revealed she was still stuck in temporary housing following the fire damage to her home. She claimed the premises were still uninhabitable months later.

In docs, Doherty said she was forced to evacuate her home, “and the premises have remained uninhabitable since November 2018, during which time Plaintiff has been living in temporary housing.”

At the time, State Farm claimed to have paid Doherty a total of $350,015.70 for damage and temporary housing along with furniture rental.

The insurance company said they paid for replacement of her personal property. State Farm even covered for Doherty to stay in a $35,000 a month rental home (in addition to money paid for her and her family to live at the fancy Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica.)

State Farm demanded the lawsuit be dismissed saying Doherty was still submitting additional expenses and the claim was still open.

Doherty was hit with separate bad news after the "90210" reboot was canceled.

Judge Scolds Shannen In Court

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The judge came back with his decision on the matter and scolded Doherty for her legal games. He wrote, “Such delaying tactics smack of gamesmanship.”

The order said, “The Court is dismayed that plaintiff and her counsel have not worked cooperatively and in good faith to accomplish the task of meeting and conferring with defendant in this action on these very basic deposition and site inspection scheduling issues.”

He added, “Plaintiff, who disclosed her husband and Dr. Piro as witnesses in her initial disclosures, and who is seeking additional compensation from State Farm for damage to her home and property resulting from a fire, should not be surprised that defendant decided to depose these witnesses and inspect that property, and is required to fully participate in the discovery process in this action that she initiated. The Court will not tolerate the gamesmanship engaged in by plaintiff and her counsel with respect to the aforementioned scheduling.”

The judge ordered the inspection of Doherty’s home to be completed by December 20. The depositions of Doherty’s doctor and husband will also be done by next month.

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