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Home insurer barred from further questioning of attorney

Embattled attorney Nancy Quon, under investigation in a sweeping construction defects probe involving Clark County homeowner associations and alleged to have twice attempted suicide, won a legal skirmish last week when a federal judge barred her home insurer from questioning her further.

On June 2, attorneys for Quon filed a legal complaint against State Farm Insurance, saying the company was working with prosecutors who believe Quon set her Rhodes Ranch home on fire in October during a second suicide attempt. Her attorneys also contended that any further questioning under oath would relate to the criminal case against her and not the house fire, which resulted in roughly $250,000 in damage.

Less than two weeks later, after the Clark County Grand Jury declined to indict either Quon, 51, or her live-in boyfriend, former Las Vegas police officer William Ronald Webb, on arson charges, State Farm sought to move the case into federal court.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Friday granted Quon’s request to keep the case in Clark County District Court, ruling the insurance company erred in court papers when its attorneys suggested federal court was the proper venue to hear the case.

Navarro noted Quon had satisfied the obligations of her insurance policy by submitting to one interview under oath.

But Quon is far from clear of legal troubles. Both she and Webb face drug charges related to her first suicide attempt. Police allege Webb purchased a large amount of the club drug gamma hydroxybutyric acid from undercover officers.

Quon and Webb have pleaded not guilty.

Quon has denied she ever attempted to kill herself .

She also faces an ongoing federal investigation of fraud and corruption involving homeowner associations filing construction defect lawsuits. No indictments have been handed down in that case.

Contact Doug McMurdo at dmcmurdo@reviewjournal.com or 702-224-5512.

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