Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2023, 1:41 PM

Deere Defeats Insurer in Warranty Row Over Tractor Fire Damages

Daphne Zhang
Daphne Zhang
Insurance Correspondent

Deere & Co. beat an insurance company’s bids for repayment on a policyholder’s fire-damaged tractors after a Minnesota federal court said the insurer failed to show that the tractor maker breached its warranty.

SECURA Insurance Co. was unable to prove that the tractor fires were caused by any manufacturing errors, Judge Katherine Menendez of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota wrote in a pair of related rulings Thursday.

SECURA’s policyholder, Molitor Brothers Farm, bought two John Deere tractors that both caught fire in November 2019. After SECURA paid for Molitor’s losses, it brought two lawsuits against Deere ...

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