LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Lackawanna County officials have brought legal action against the insurers of the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, alleging that the coverage was "misrepresented" to former Commissioner Chairman Robert C. Cordaro.
According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, the official complaint was filed against the Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange, Foxco Insurance Management Services Inc., and independent insurance agent Dominic Verrastro, furthering the dispute that has been on-going after the Pavilion was heavily-damaged in a snowstorm in February of 2007.
The insurers had informed the county after the storm that the policy had been canceled when the the ski resort that the Pavilion is located on was sold in November 2006 but the county maintains that no one from the county with authority to cancel said policy had contacted the insurers.
This may be complicated for the county as Robert Cordero, the commissioner at the time, acknowledged publicly that he believed the insurance policy was not in force at the time of the damage, but stated that he intended to pursue the matter after an election to avoid fallout for the November 2007 election. Furthermore, the person who did cancel the insurance was the independent insurance coordinator who had been retained by the county.
To complicate things even further, insurance carriers, HARIE and Foxco filed a lawsuit on Feb. 11 against Mr. Cordaro and other individuals, requesting the court to affirm that the roof was not insured at the time of the collapse.
Representatives from both sides of the matter were unavailable for comment at the time of publication. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers