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Deal reached in Corn Plus civil suit

By Staff | Feb 21, 2009

A settlement has been reached in the civil suit between Corn Plus Cooperative and Weerts Companies of Winnebago.

Attorneys from both sides, however, aren’t sharing any details about an agreement reached last December.

“The court doesn’t care why or how an agreement is reached. They’re only interested in that it has been settled,” says William Partridge, an attorney for Weerts Companies.

Partridge says not filing a detailed agreement with the court isn’t unusual.

He says his client Bob Weerts has requested no public comments be made about the case.

Weerts says there’s no truth to the rumor that part of the settlement called for him not having financial interest in the ethanol facility.

“I have a lot of stock in there yet. A lot of stock,” says Weerts.

Corn Plus attorney William Skolnick says both parties agreed not to make public comment on the settlement.

“I have no further comment. Thank you and goodbye,” adds Skolnick.

Court documents show the case was settled Dec. 5 and filed with the county administrator’s office on Dec. 18.

The notice of entry of judgment states the case was “dismissed with prejudice and on the merits and without costs or disbursements to either party.”

Partridge says Corn Plus, under the settlement, may not bring any further legal action against Weerts Companies.

Corn Plus was seeking damages for a storm water pond built by Weerts Construction in 2004.

According to a court complaint, the cooperative paid the Winnebago company $100,000 to build a pond that would meet Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approval.

Weerts Construction, says the complaint, did not follow specifications prepared by Environmental Resource Group (ERG) for Corn Plus. The plans also were approved by the MPCA, the complaint says.