Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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April 9, 2014

Hearing postponed in electric lawsuit

April 9, 2014 — A hearing concerning a lawsuit against the City of Olive Hill scheduled for Monday was postponed.

The hearing was supposed to address a motion filed in early March by Frankfort attorney Jim Deckard, which named former Olive Hill City Clerk Cheri James and former utility manager Derrick Jones as additional defendants in a pending class action lawsuit against the city. Both city employees resigned from their respective positions last summer.

The original lawsuit, filed in January 2013, named several “John Doe” defendants as well as the city government, which is a typical procedure when the plaintiff wants to reserve the right to add specific individuals to the complaint at a later point.

Deckard also is seeking to prevent the city from potentially discarding evidence relating to the activities of both individuals during their employment with the city.

The postponement of the hearing came in the wake of the ruling by Circuit Judge Rebecca Phillips on March 28 to designate Deckard as counsel for the class action suit. Deckard requested the hearing be moved in order to allow time to review the case for additional motions which may need to be heard at the time.

The hearing has been rescheduled for May 5 at 1 p.m.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 474-5101.

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