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Insurance firm off the hook in TOOTS HIBBERT law suit

A US federal judge has ruled that State Farm Fire & Casualty Company has no duty to pay for injuries suffered by FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT after he was stuck by a bottle during a concert last year.

On 18 May 2013 Hibbert was hit in the head by a vodka bottle thrown by student William Connor Lewis at the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond, Virginia.

The Jamaican singer suffered concussion and required staples.

Lewis pleaded guilty to assault and battery and was sentenced to a year in jail, six months suspended.

The TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS frontman then filed suit seeking US$1m in compensatory damages and US$20m in punitive damages.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, State Farm issued the homeowner’s insurance policy held by Lewis’ mother and the company went to federal court seeking a judgment that it was not obligated to defend Lewis or pay any judgment against him.

It argued that Lewis’ crime was intentional and therefore not covered by the policy.

US district judge Henry E. Hudson agreed this week that Lewis’ intentional acts and the resulting injury to Hibbert were not covered.

In 2012 TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS put out Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill via Metropolis.