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Caddo Commission lawsuit could get thrown out

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The first hearing in the lawsuit brought against the Caddo Commission will be heard 2 PM Tuesday. There's a chance the case will be thrown out. The commission's attorney claims the governing body can't be sued.

Commissioner Stephanie Lynch says her lawsuit isn't to stop the parish from giving the industrial development board $7.5 million to purchase the GM plant but to provide reassurance that jobs will be created there by the lessee IRG.

"When we invest $7.5 million for 1,500 jobs, that that's what we're going to get," Lynch said. "This is what it's all about. It's not to stop the deal. It's to make sure we're in the position to get the jobs we were promised."

The commission's attorney Dannye Malone may try to have the case dismissed based on a technicality. In court documents, Malone claims under Louisiana law the commission is a legislative branch of government for Caddo Parish. Therefor, it should be exempted from Lynch's petition because it isn't an individual, company, partnership or other independent group that can sue or be sued. Judge Leon Emanuel will decide if this argument stands, or if Lynch's move to ensure job is worth pursuing further.

"It will be worth the investment if 1,500 jobs are produced," Lynch said, referring the purchase. "If not, then we basically flushed $7.5 million down the toilet."

The hearing will take place a 2 PM at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. The Caddo Commission also has a work session at 3:30 PM.

 

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