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Trial date set for case against Port of Lake Charles

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On Monday, a state district court judge set a trial date for the Lake Charles' Stevedores lawsuit against the Port of Lake Charles.

Lawyers for the Lake Charles Stevedores filed the suit last year, alleging racketeering, unfair trade practices and misappropriation of public funds.

The case will go to trial Oct. 27.

The issue came up after the Port of Lake Charles paid a prior owner of the Lake Charles Stevedores $1.3 million to buy out the rights of the Stevedores prior to canceling their contract in 2011.

In October 2013, Judge Wilford Carter granted a motion for partial summary judgment to the Stevedores in the amount of $5.56 million in their case against the Port.

Attorneys for the Stevedores, Somer Brown and Tom Filo, filed the partial summary judgment motion in the 14th Judicial District Court in early October, claiming the Port of Lake Charles didn't pay their client the $5.56 million liquidated damages as agreed upon in the contract between the Stevedores and the Port of Lake Charles.

Filo and Brown claim instead of paying those liquidated damages to the Lake Charles Stevedores, the port paid a lesser amount - $1.3 million - to Cooper/T.Smith and Cavalair, a former owner of the Lake Charles Stevedores.

They also claim that the cancellation of the Stevedores' contract was "without cause" which would entitle their clients to liquidated damages, as outlined in the aforementioned contract.

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