LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Jim and Debby Carter, residents of Bullitt County, and owners of Truck America Training, have struggled for more than seven years over a 40-acre tract of land. In less than one hour, a Bullitt County jury ruled unanimously in the Carters' favor.
Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress ruled in January that the city of Hillview breached its contract with Truck America Training over the proposed purchase of the land. This damages trial followed before a jury of 12 Bullitt County residents.
The $11.4 million award is believed to be the largest jury verdict ever awarded in Bullitt County history for a civil case.
The Stites & Harbison legal team of lead attorney Andrew Beshear and Cassandra Wiemken represented Jim and Debby Carter, and their business, Truck America, in this seven-year lawsuit. The firm was assisted by local counsel J. Scott Wantland of Wantland Law.
“We could not have asked for a better prepared, more personable or intelligent representation than we had with you and your staff,” said Debby Carter regarding the Stites & Harbison team. She continued, “But the one thing that stands out the most for us was your personal commitment to the truth.”
“I’m thrilled about what this means for Jim, Debby, and their school. These people have lived through seven years of financial devastation, for which they may finally be compensated,” said Andrew Beshear. “Helping people like Jim and Debby is why I come to work each morning.”