Sentry Alleged “Fraud” in Harris-Crestline Suit Relating to Penta Contamination
Source of Documents: Marathon County Courthouse
Court documents stamped “Legal Department Sentry Insurance” with “RECEIVED OCT 29 1984” on them, suggest that after purchasing controlling shares of the company, Sentry later sued select Harris-Crestline former shareholders for claims including “common law intentional fraud” and “negligent misrepresentation” that related to the Thomas Street industrial property’s pentachlorophenol contamination.
“Harris-Crestline had reason to know it had discharged penta into the surrounding grounds.”
(Page 7 of Court Document)
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In the complaint, Sentry claims that at no time prior to the sale of Harris-Crestline stock did selling shareholders inform Sentry that core samples had been taken from the property “disclosing that a discharge or spill of a hazardous substance had occurred” or “that Harris-Crestline had failed to disclose its discharge of penta to the DNR.” (Page 8 of Court Document)
Additionally, the complaint alleges “that Harris-Crestline had not taken any steps to eliminate the contamination and prevent further contamination.” (Page 8 of Court Document)