VOL. 109 | NO. 50 | Thursday, December 14, 1995
Ronald L. Force vs. William D. Massey and William J. Simmons. A man who said he was allegedly beaten by Memphis police has filed a malpractice suit against the attorneys he hired to file a civil rights suit. Force claims he has lost the causes of action that may have been available to him because of the defendants negligence. He charges that the defendants did not adequately investigate the case, failing to name in the lawsuit the police officers that Force alleges committed the assault. According to the suit, the defendants attempted to add the officers names to the case after the statute of limitations had expired. The plaintiff further alleges that the defendants did not state the charges accurately in an amended lawsuit, which caused the court to dismiss the case. The lawsuit also charges the defendants with failure to file suit in a timely manner. The plaintiff is seeking $2 million in damages. Oscar C. Carr and Jason P. Hood are attorneys for the plaintiff.
Charles D. McVean vs. James Austin Baker Jr., Joseph L. Baier Jr. and Bolton Financial Services. The owner of a Memphis trading company has filed a $13 million lawsuit against two men who allegedly acted as unlicensed brokers in a major investment deal. According to the suit, McVean participated in the investment of about $3.5 million by Food Technology Inc. in a partnership for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing Escalade technology. This deal was originated and brokered by the defendants, who allegedly acted without proper securities licenses as required by law. McVean also charges that the defendants misrepresented Novatech and Escalade in written and oral statements, which dealt with the safety and Food and Drug Administration approval of Escalade. According to the suit, "These material misrepresentations were negligently and intentionally made by Baker and Baier with the fraudulent intent to induce Mr. McVean to invest in the aforementioned venture." The plaintiff is represented by the Skouteris Firm.