Courts & the Law, News

Report: Rep. David Lewis subject of more litigation, this time related to business debt

WRAL reported yesterday that an agricultural company is suing House Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), his farming company and its partners for more than $1.5 million.

The lawsuit, filed in Harnett County, states the company has unsuccessfully tried to collect a debt. It names Lewis, his brother-in-law Jeffery Strickland and their companies, according to the TV station. Both men said in the report they didn’t know about the lawsuit until a reporter asked them about it.

Word had traveled fast: The complaint was filed early Thursday afternoon. By late Friday morning two separate sources had forwarded the the paperwork to WRAL News, and a third had texted to ask about it.

Lewis called the lawsuit unnecessary and said he’s been making payments to Nutrien Ag Solutions, where his Cumberland County farm has an open account for seed, fertilizer and other chemicals. Lewis said he paid $40,000 toward the debt last week and that he’s a personal guarantor in his business’ financial arrangement.

“I’m very surprised they’ve taken this step,” he said.

“While there is disagreement as to the amount an entity that I co-own owes, that would have been worked out in the normal course of business and will be worked out and paid,” Lewis, a key leader in N.C. House’s Republican majority, said.

Nutrien said in its complaint that Lewis, Strickland and their companies owed just over $1 million as of October 31, plus penalties and interest that took the balance up to $1.37 million. Nutrien also wants to add in 15 percent in attorneys fees, as allowed by North Carolina law, putting the total around $1.57 million.

Read WRAL’s full report here, which goes into more detail about the lawsuit and Lewis’ response.

Check Also

Report: NC receives failing grade in response to COVID-19 in jails

In a report released this month, the ACLU ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Environmental destruction, property entanglements will take years to address Behind a black wooden f [...]

U.S. House votes for big funding boost as two new reports document the problem in NC [Editor's [...]

On July 16, the Onslow County Board of Education weighed one of the biggest decisions it had ever fa [...]

This week marks the 55th anniversary of one the most successful human service programs in U.S. histo [...]

Editor’s note: The issue of violence committed against women in the U.S. military, including sexual [...]

The GOP HEALS Act fails to heal people harmed by the coronavirus, will cost millions of jobs, and pr [...]

It’s been more than six months now since the novel coronavirus produced its first diagnosed infectio [...]

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted U.S. public education to a greater extent than any other event i [...]