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Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Grover A. HESTER v. ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY, N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, Robert S. Lowery and Key Automobile Associates.

No. 249A97.

Decided: November 07, 1997

Hardee & Hardee by G. Wayne Hardee and Charles R. Hardee, Greenville, for plaintiff-appellee. Ward and Smith, P.A. by Donald S. Higley, II, and Ryal W. Tayloe, Greenville, for defendant-appellant Allstate Insurance Company. Speight, Watson and Brewer, by J. Warner Wells, II, and William C. Brewer, Jr., Greenville, for defendant-appellee N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. Wallace, Morris & Barwick, P.A. by Paul A. Rodgman and Elizabeth A. Heath, Kinston, for defendant-appellee Lowery. Battle, Winslow, Scott & Wiley, P.A. by Samuel S. Woodley, Jr., Rocky Mount, on behalf of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, amicus curiae. Bailey & Dixon, L.L.P. by David S. Coats, Raleigh, on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, amicus curiae.

For the reasons stated in the dissenting opinion by Judge Cozort, Hester v. Allstate Ins. Co., 126 N.C.App. 173, 178, 484 S.E.2d 457, 460 (1997), and upon the authority of N.C. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Warren, 326 N.C. 444, 390 S.E.2d 138 (1990), and Whaley v. Great Am. Ins. Co., 259 N.C. 545, 131 S.E.2d 491 (1963), the decision of the Court of Appeals is reversed and the case remanded to that court for further remand to the trial court for entry of summary judgment for defendant Allstate.