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Kat Von D

Sued Over Cat-Killing Fire

5/29/2012 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0529_kat_von_d_catKat Von D foolishly set her own house ablaze in 2010, killing her cat in the process -- this according to a new lawsuit -- and now, she's being sued for nearly a MILLION bucks in damages.

State Farm Insurance filed the lawsuit against Kat today in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming the 2010 fire that ripped through the reality star's Hollywood Hills home was her own fault ... and she should foot the bill.

According to the lawsuit, Kat foolishly placed several lit candles in the house -- and the candles then set the house on fire (a fire that killed Kat's feline friend named Valentine).

It was no small blaze either -- State Farm claims the fire caused $909,199 in damages.

State Farm dutifully covered the bill -- but now the insurance company is suing, demanding Kat pay it back for her own carelessness.

Calls to Kat's people were not returned.

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My Big Salami    

Instead of the cat it sure would have been nice if Kat Von D and Jesse James went up in smoke!

687 days ago
2.

Observer999    

Insurance is there to cover our foolishness. If you screw up and crash your car, you are not liable. The same holds true for house fires. Assuming there was no deliberate act to start a fire, this claim is ludicrous.

687 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Most fires are started by carelessness. Insurance companies just want people to give them money and never need it.

687 days ago
4.

jimbo    

An insurance company trying to get out of paying a claim. Boy what a shocker!! It's not like they do that EVERY SINGLE FREAKING TIME!!!

687 days ago
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Mac    

What the heck is insurance for if not to cover accidents like this. She didn't intentionally start the fire or set out to burn her place down. It was't arson. Bad publicity for State Farm to sue a customer. Never did like State Farm they are greedy.

687 days ago
6.

Laurie    

Leave Kat alone. She is an honest woman making an honest living. She works really hard and should not have to pay State Farm back. Death to insurance companies. They want your money but when it is time for them to pay out, they don't.

687 days ago
7.

B    

There is more to this story than what TMZ is reporting, the insurance company would not go after her unless there was fraud involved. They pay for "accidents" every day.

687 days ago
8.

bjay    

I hate insurance companies. You are legally forced to pay a good chunk of money to cover your homes, boats, &cars; but God help you if you make a claim. They will do everything in their power to not pay up. I'm surprised they didn't blame the poor cat!

687 days ago
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Flying Blind    

That's what Insurance is for, stupid people (me included). Just a reason to mark State Farm of the list if I change Insurance companies.

687 days ago
10.

StarryStarryNight    

so is state farm saying if you use candles and there's a fire it voids your policy?

wow, the candlemakers are going to be thrilled.

687 days ago
11.

Hervey....Hervey of Arabia...He was a single guy...    

This is one chick that the ink has seeped through her cerebral cortex....freaky.

687 days ago
12.

Carl    

I think the wrong kat died.

687 days ago
13.

kitnplayn    

Are you freaking kidding? Unless she set the fire "deliberately", then this is exactly the reason to have fire insurance, in case of "accidental" fires.

687 days ago
14.

Leonel    

That's why you pay insurance you morons!!!

687 days ago
15.

ronni78    

Even a fool can tell that this woman would not have wanted to kill her own cat. This is a scary story for us all because it could happen to anyone.

687 days ago
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