La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio hits back at Astros star Alex Bregman over canceled wedding

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La Cantera Spa & Resort in San Antonio has filed a counterclaim against Houston Astros star Alex Bregman in an ongoing dispute over his annulled marriage.

The resort is suing Bregman for $61,407 in annulment charges after her wedding was called off in December 2020.

Bregman and his wife Reagan Howard, both 27, cited an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Bexar County for canceling the event.

In April, Bregman sued the resort for a nearly $80,000 deposit that he allegedly refused to return.

Bruce Malott, Bregman’s business manager who has power of attorney for the ballplayer’s business affairs, has filed a lawsuit.

Steven Rudner, the attorney for the North Side resort in Dallas, said Wednesday he was not commenting on ongoing litigation. Malott did not respond to a request for comment.

Malott said earlier that he signed the August 2020 contract, believing it allowed for refunds of deposits if more than 25% of wedding guests were unable to attend due to COVID concerns.

“When we booked the wedding, there were fewer cases and we hoped the pandemic was easing,” Bregman said in a statement as her lawsuit was filed in Bexar County Court. “However, as cases spiked in Texas and across the country leading up to the wedding date, it was clear that we needed to plan a smaller ceremony with fewer guests.”

The couple initially attempted to reschedule. On November 13, 2020, about three weeks before the wedding, they attempted to move the wedding to November or December 2021. La Cantera sought a rescheduling fee of $20,000, an amount Bregman refused to pay, according to his lawsuit. .

The resort was notified in an email dated November 22, 2020 that the wedding had been cancelled.

Houston Astros Alex Bregman and his then-fiancée, Reagan Howard, prepare to begin packaging sustainable meals for children at the Houston Food Bank in April 2020. Bregman launched his FEEDHOU, a fundraising campaign d $1 million to help feed Houston-area residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bregman’s lawsuit cited the “force majeure” section of the contract that allowed him to cancel the wedding if at least 25% of the guests were unable to attend for various reasons, including a pandemic. Force majeure is a legal term for the protection of parties in the event that they cannot perform a contract due to causes beyond their control.

The resort will “refund all deposits and/or prepayments” upon termination by either party, according to the clause.

La Cantera’s counterclaim makes no mention of force majeure. But Rudner, his attorney, did so in a Dec. 29, 2020, letter to an attorney for Bregman.

“When Mr. Malott entered into these contracts, he knew that the severity of the pandemic had fluctuated throughout the county,” Rudner said in a letter attached to La Cantera’s October counterclaim.

The operator of the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio has filed a counterclaim against Houston Astros star Alex Bregman for charges he allegedly owed for the cancellation of a wedding ceremony scheduled there in December 2020.

The operator of the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio has filed a counterclaim against Houston Astros star Alex Bregman for charges he allegedly owed for the cancellation of a wedding ceremony scheduled there in December 2020.

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“In these circumstances, under the law, Mr. Malott and the Bregmans are barred from raising a defense of force majeure, or any other common law defense relating thereto, each requiring that the triggering event was unforeseeable” , Rudner added. .

Bregman’s lawsuit referenced a Nov. 25, 2020, executive order from Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff that prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people. Rudner, however, responded that the complex was exempt from the order because it was listed by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency as a “critical infrastructure business.”

“As a result, the resort was open and operational and had sufficient space and flexibility to accommodate Bregman’s wedding,” Rudner said in his letter.

“Obviously, the arguments surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic used to support the force majeure reversal are moot because the Bregmans were married in a different location during the same time period that they had contracted with the station,” Rudner added.

The couple had a small ceremony at Katy’s home of Reagan’s parents.

Benchmark LC San Antonio, which does business as La Cantera Resort & Spa, said it suffered damages of $113,007 as a result of Bregman’s cancellation of the event and block bookings of bedrooms. After deducting $51,600 in bail posted by Bregman, the resort said it still owed $61,407.

Benchmark develops and manages independent hotels.

USAA Real Estate built the resort at 16641 La Cantera Parkway and renovated the nearly 500-room property in 2015 and 2016. USAA Real Estate sold the property to affiliates of Ohana Real Estate Investors in June.

Bregman enters the third year of a five-year, $100 million contract with the Astros this season.

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