By Ann Friedman
CLIFTON PARK — Matthew Beck, owner of Camp Bow Wow, a planned boarding facility for dogs that was destroyed in a July fire, has filed a lawsuit against his insurance companies and a Schenectady-based construction company.
The lawsuit was filed Dec. 1, less than a week after Beck told The Daily Gazette he was still working through the insurance process following the July 31 fire, the cause of which has been ruled “undetermined.”
Construction of Camp Bow Wow, located at 1739 Route 9, was nearing completion at the time of the fire. It was set to open in late September.
Beck filed the lawsuit in Saratoga County Supreme Court on behalf of his business, Northway Romp Station, against Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company of Canton, Massachusetts; Promark Associated Agencies, of Williamsville; and Schenectady-based J. Luke Construction Company.
Beck told The Daily Gazette in November that he was hoping to rebuild and was “slowly working through the loss valuation and insurance process, which has many parties involved and is slow and complicated.”
Beck is represented in the lawsuit by Duke, Holzman, Photiadis and Gresens, a Buffalo-based law firm.
Charles Ritter Jr., one of Beck’s attorneys, said he is in the process of sorting out what positions each party will take with regard to what is being alleged.
“In any event, [Beck] would like to rebuild, and this is an impediment to do that,” Ritter said.
Beck would not talk about the status of the Camp Bow Wow business and hung up on a reporter inquiring about the lawsuit.
Ritter said Beck is seeking the insured value of the building from the insurance companies, as well as additional damages. The lawsuit seeks at least $1.5 million in damages for three of six “causes” outlined in the filing.
A sales representative at J. Luke Construction said the company had no comment on the lawsuit. Sasha Aronson, marketing and communications consultant for OneBeacon Insurance Group, which owns Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, and Thomas Alderson, president of Promark Associated Agencies, also refused to comment on the lawsuit.