• Tue. Sep 20th, 2022

Judgment rendered in a civil case against a candidate for the county commission

LEWISBURG (WVDN) — A civil case was decided against Greenbrier County Commission nominee DeEtta Hunter and Steve Hunter Associates LLC in Greenbrier County Circuit Court on Monday, March 7.

The civil case was brought by attorney Robert P. Martin against Steve Hunter Associates LLC, J. Steve Hunter and DeEtta King Hunter.

The case revolves around unpaid wages, with the summary judgment motion explaining “the total amount of wages owed to plaintiff Martin for work performed and reflected on relevant timesheets equals $15,400 in wages over a period of several months. “.

On Monday, March 7, Martin requested that the case be resolved before being tried by summary judgment by Greenbrier County Circuit Court Judge Robert Richardson. To do so, Martin filed a motion for summary judgment for the second time on December 31, 2021. Richardson asked Martin’s attorney, Mike Olivio, about the status of the case.

“Your Honor, Steve (Hunter) and I spoke on Friday [and] he indicated that he was not going to oppose the motion for summary judgment,” Olivio said. “[He] admit liability and ask the court to order us to return to damages mediation, which I would not object to. My client does not object.

Steve Hunter agreed.

“That’s right, your honor, the sooner I put this behind me, the happier I’ll be,” Hunter said. “We took a statement and obviously my wife admitted it was during a period when she was sick. If we were to [Martin] money, we owed him money. I try to solve it.

According to the petition, Martin “was employed to provide legal services to clients of [the] law firm of the defendants and was paid for the services rendered on the basis of a previously agreed remuneration system. … However, for reasons unknown to the plaintiff, the defendants stopped paying [Martin] for work actually performed for clients of defendants’ law firm, despite the fact that [Martin] continued to work for clients to whom he and the defendants had professional obligations. »

In the defense’s initial response, filed December 31, 2020, the defense said it “denies that Martin is entitled to any recovery under the laws of the state of West Virginia” and hopes that “a judgment of dismissal shall be rendered in favor of the defendants”.

The defense also said, “DeEtta King Hunter has no stock ownership in the company and is prohibited from doing so by state law. She was appointed secretary-treasurer for deposits requiring a corporate officer.

The motion for summary judgment relates to the depositions given by the two defendants.

“Defendant Mr. Hunter was aware that his wife and office manager, Defendant Ms. Hunter, had received timesheets from Plaintiff Martin in 2017, but she never processed those timesheets for payment to the plaintiff Martin,” the petition reads. “Defendant Mr. Hunter took no action to handle the matter, choosing instead to leave the matter to Defendant Ms. Hunter as it was his responsibility at Defendant Steve Hunter & Associates.”

“Defendant Ms. Hunter admits receiving attendance sheets from Plaintiff Martin for the months of May and June 2017,” the motion states. “Defendants took these timesheets for May and June 2017 with them to Florida. Defendant Ms. Hunter admits that Plaintiff Martin was never paid for the work reflected in his timesheets for May and June 2017. Instead, Defendant Ms. Hunter admits that with respect to the timesheets of Plaintiff Martin for May and June 2017, the Defendants not only did not pay Plaintiff’s salary, but they never consulted those time sheets again. Defendants never made a decision to pay plaintiff Martin or not to pay him for work performed and documented on his timesheets for May and June 2017. After receiving notice of formal complaint filed with the WV’s division of labor, the defendants did not investigate the matter. timesheets for May and June 2017. Instead they did nothing. The defendant, Ms. Hunter, further admits that even after receiving the subpoena and complaint in this civil action, the defendants never looked at the May and June 2017 timesheets which they admit never having been processed or paid.

The motion also points to “the defendants’ failure to respond within thirty (30) days of receipt of the applications for admission” and that the “defendants failed to respond for an additional fifty-one (51) days beyond of the date required under rule 36.”

Richardson agreed to grant the motion for summary judgment. The case now goes to reparations to determine damages, such as attorneys’ fees.

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office, DeEtta King Hunter filed for the Greenbrier County commission on Jan. 28.