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VOL. 127 | NO. 68 | Friday, April 6, 2012

Judge: Evans Petree Lawyers Must Return Money

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NASHVILLE (AP) – A judge in Nashville has found three Memphis attorneys in contempt of court and ordered them to repay nearly $670,000 to people who thought they were buying insurance.

The Tennessean reported Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled attorneys William L. Hendricks, Russell T. "Rusty" Hensley and Theodore T. Kitai – all of the Memphis firm Evans Petree PC – set up new businesses with themselves as principals. The court ruled Hendricks, Hensley and Kitai continued to sell insurance and collect premiums after the state shut down their client, who left customers with unpaid claims.

The attorneys represented former Springfield businesses American Trade Association and Smart Data Solutions LLC, which closed in March 2010.

The president of Evans Petree declined comment. The attorneys did not return calls to the newspaper.

Information from: The Tennessean, www.tennessean.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 74 17,458
MORTGAGES 93 93 20,128
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,645
BUILDING PERMITS 126 126 36,072
BANKRUPTCIES 63 63 11,227
BUSINESS LICENSES 32 32 5,741
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 6,715
MARRIAGE LICENSES 51 51 3,967