Posted 10/29/2012 12:00 am
A Sherwood couple who agreed to open their home for the Junior League of North Little Rock 2011 Holiday Home Tour said a visitor helped himself to nearly $20,000 worth of jewelry.
Steve and Gina Brockinton said they were out of town when the League’s fundraising event took place on the weekend of Nov. 18, according to their lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
They said a Junior League member should have been in the decorated rooms watching for any light-fingered riffraff. Visitors paid at least $10 to view several homes in the area.
The Brockintons filed an insurance claim through the Junior League’s carrier, but it was denied. The carrier, Scottsdale Insurance Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., denied the claim because the couple signed a waiver that said the Junior League isn’t responsible for any thefts that take place.
The Brockintons said they take issue with the wording in the release form. The couple “never intended to release Junior League from liability for negligence related to damages to or loss of Plaintiff’s personal property,” the lawsuit said.
They are seeking the value of their property back.
The Junior League denied the allegations of wrongdoing in the court papers it filed last week. It asked that the case be tossed.
“We are in discovery, so the full and complete facts have yet to be determined,” said the Junior League’s attorney, D. Michael Huckaby Jr. of Little Rock.
A spokesman for Scottsdale Insurance said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.