In a legal tempest mirroring the ferocity of the 2022 storm that sparked it, Spinnaker Cove Clubhomes II Inc. is locked in a high-stakes fight for over $2 million. This financial maelstrom centers on an insurance claim that, according to the association, has been grossly underpaid by Country Mutual Insurance Co. The case, now playing out in the halls of Minnesota’s federal court, began with a dispute over storm-related damages and has escalated into a full-blown legal showdown.
When the Winds of Dispute Began to Blow
The origins of this legal hurricane date back to May 2022, when nature unleashed its fury on Spinnaker Cove’s property. In the aftermath, Spinnaker Cove turned to Country Mutual, seeking shelter under their insurance policy. The insurer acknowledged the storm damage but, as the clouds of disagreement gathered, the two sides found themselves at odds over the extent and cost of the damages.
Spinnaker Cove Clubhomes Seeks $2M : A Ray of Hope, Yet Clouds Linger
In a twist as unpredictable as the weather, an appraisal panel, convened on May 16, 2023, brought a glimmer of clarity. They assessed the actual cash value of the damage at a staggering $1.9 million, with replacement costs soaring even higher, to over $2.7 million. But this ray of hope was quickly overshadowed. Country Mutual, according to court filings, has paid just $1.1 million to date – a sum that Spinnaker Cove views as a mere drop in the ocean of their actual needs.
Seeking Justice in the Eye of the Storm
With resolve as unyielding as a lighthouse facing the sea, Spinnaker Cove is now urging the federal court to affirm the appraisal award as the final word on the matter. Their demands are clear: full indemnification of the appraisal award and a declaration that the storm damage falls squarely under their policy coverage. But the storm’s toll extends beyond repair costs. Spinnaker Cove is also seeking over $50,000 for alleged contract breach damages.
Spinnaker Cove Clubhomes Seeks $2M : The Legal Gale Intensifies
As the legal winds intensify, both sides brace for the impact. Spinnaker Cove’s legal fleet, helmed by Adina R. Bergstrom and Brock P. Alton of Sauro & Bergstrom PLLC, stands ready. Opposing them, Dale O. Thornsjo and Lukas F. Belflower of O’Meara Wagner PA represent Country Mutual. As of now, both parties have battened down the hatches, declining to comment as the storm of litigation gathers force.