FARGO, N.D. -- A prominent North Dakota potato farmer who's among a group of people accused in an alleged price-fixing scheme is suing his insurance company for failing to cover his defense costs.
Ron Offutt, of Fargo, is among the defendants in a federal lawsuit filed by Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. against United Potato Growers of America, its affiliate United Potato Growers of Idaho and other parties.
The suit accuses potato growers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on production. The defendants have denied the charges and asked that the suit be dropped.
Offutt has filed a separate complaint against Twin City Fire Insurance Co., accusing the company of breach of contract.
A spokeswoman for the insurance company declined to comment.