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Plaintiff says association breached confidentiality when she complained about neighbor

PMG PHOTO: PAT KRUIS - A Crooked River Ranch resident is suing the Homeowners Association for nearly $1 million. She says the association revealed her identity when she filed a complaint against her neighbor for letting his dogs run loose. She says the dog owner then harrassed her causing her severe emotional stress and mentla suffering.

A misplaced phone call could have the Crooked River Ranch Homeowners Association in potential trouble to the tune of $965,000.

When resident Lisa Andrews complained about her neighbor's dogs, she says the association assured her complaint would be anonymous.

So, Andrews complained that her neighbor, Kelly Davis, lets his aggressive English bulldog and a German pointer loose in their Sundown Canyon Road neighborhood. "Due to my extreme cynophobia (fear of dogs) and very young children in our neighborhood it seems crucial to report this," says the complaint.

A volunteer for the Ranch's Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Committee accidently called Davis and asked if she was speaking to Mr. Andrews.

After the call Andrews says Davis' domestic partner came to her door, "screaming and yelling, cursing, threatening, and banging on the front door while also trying to open it."

The lawsuit goes on to say another person, presumably Davis, joined the first woman. Andrews says the yelling and banging on the door went on for about 10 minutes.

The suit goes on to say Andrews sustained severe emotional distress from the incident, including a panic attack requiring a call to 911 and a trip to St. Charles Redmond.

Andrews blames the association for failing to keep her complaint confidential. She asks $15,000 in economic damages and $950,000 in non-economic damages for severe emotional distress, mental suffering, and physical pain.

The answer from Crooked River Ranch admits the phone call error, but that the caller did not disclose a complaint had been filed.

The rebuttal also states Andrews and her domestic partner, Ian Kurtz, had confronted their neighbor about the dogs and reported the behavior to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Based on that, the association responded, Davis and his domestic partner probably concluded that Andrews and Kurtz filed the complaint.

In filling out the form for the complaint, Andrews indicated she would be willing to testify in court if necessary.

Crooked River Ranch has filed a third-party complaint against Davis and his domestic partner, "Jane Doe." The ranch denies liability but says if the plaintiff does recover any judgement, it will be because of the actions of Davis and his partner. The third-party complaint essentially says Davis and his partner should pay any judgement resulting from Andrews' suit against the Ranch HOA.


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