Earlier this month, an attorney representing an insurance company in a civil case against Earl O’Garro Jr. — the man at the center of a Hartford insurance controversy — filed a motion for contempt against O’Garro after he failed to disclose his assets.
Now, Kevin Roche, O’Garro’s lawyer, has objected to that motion, saying Andrew O’Toole, who is representing AmTrust E&S Insurance Services, failed to prove that O’Garro refused to disclose his assets.
“The plaintiffs’ motion does not establish or support the plaintiffs’ assertion that the defendants’ non-compliance was willful,” he wrote in court papers.
O’Garro is being sued by AmTrust. The lawsuit charges that O’Garro’s company, Hybrid Insurance Group, received at least $300,000 for premiums on several policies, but failed to send the money to insurance carriers. The suit also says that O’Garro “made false statements and sent forged e-mails purportedly” from AmTrust employees.
AmTrust is seeking $300,000 and has asked the court to garnish all of the defendants’ bank accounts, real estate and personal property.
Roche noted in court papers filed Friday that O’Garro in early December said he needed more time to disclose his assets. Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman ordered that O’Garro disclose his assets by Jan. 8.
Roche also pointed out that O’Garro has “several proceedings, both criminal and civil” that he’s facing. For more on those, click here, here, here and here. In some of those cases, others are seeking to seize O’Garro’s assets, Roche said.
“Complying with this court’s order will not only affect the defendants’ rights and obligations in this matter but will have ramifications in the several other proceedings filed against the defendants,” he wrote. By “defendants,” Roche is referring to O’Garro and Hybrid.
To read the rebuttal motion and original motion for contempt, click here: motions