Civil File No. 08-CV-520 (RHK/RLE).
March 2, 2009
This matter came before the Court on Plaintiff Great American Insurance Company's ("GAIC") Motion for Summary Judgment. Based on the submissions and the record as a whole, the Court finds as follows:
1. GAIC has established that it sustained the losses set forth in the Affidavit of Thomas Pettygrove and that its Indemnity Agreement with Letourneau Sons, Inc., Letourneau Refrigeration and Heating, Inc., and Northern Trucking Aggregate, Inc. (the "Corporate Defendants"), permits it to recover the amount it seeks, jointly and severally, against the Corporate Defendants. The Corporate Defendants have not submitted any response to GAIC's Motion for Summary Judgment on GAIC's claims and have represented that they will not do so. Accordingly, GAIC is entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law.
2. Letourneau Sons, Inc. and Northern Trucking Aggregate, Inc. ("Counterclaiming Defendants"), have not submitted any response to GAIC's Motion for Summary Judgment on their "Conspiracy" counterclaim and have represented that they will not do so. Minnesota law does not recognize a civil action for conspiracy unless the conspiracy is supported by an underlying tort. See Harding v. Ohio Cas. Ins. Co., 41 N.W.2d 818, 824-25 (Minn. 1950); D.A.B. v. Brown, 570 N.W.2d 168, 172 (Minn.Ct.App. 1997). Counterclaiming Defendants have alleged no such tort. Therefore, Counterclaiming Defendants' counterclaim must be dismissed.
Based on the foregoing, and all the files, records, and proceedings herein, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. No. 35) is GRANTED. Judgment shall be entered in favor of GAIC and against Corporate Defendants Letourneau Sons, Inc., Letourneau Refrigeration and Heating, Inc., and Northern Trucking Aggregate, Inc. in the amount of $1,757,272.77. The counterclaim of Letourneau Sons, Inc. and Northern Trucking Aggregate, Inc. is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
LET JUDGMENT BE ENTERED ACCORDINGLY.