A bankruptcy trustee has filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages against former officials with Mamtek, the company behind a failed plan to build a sweetener facility in Moberly.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Trustee Bruce Strauss filed lawsuits last week seeking repayment of $7 million that former officers and agents of Mamtek received. The lawsuits also seek actual damages of $72 million and punitive damages.
MFA Oil announced this afternoon it has been approved to purchase property in Moberly that would have housed the Mamtek facility. MFA officials could not comment on the sale price, but say a bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the 33 acre property.
Corey Mehaffy is the President of Moberly Area Economic Development. He said the city is looking forward to assisting MFA in preparing the facility for use after the previous trouble the city had with the space.
A new lawsuit is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and 10 employees because of a failed factory project in central Missouri.
Morgan Keegan, which has merged with Raymond James Financial Inc., was the underwriter in 2010 for a $39 million bond issue for a failed artificial sweetener factory for Mamtek US Inc. in Moberly. Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment.
A federal judge in Missouri has refused to remove herself from a lawsuit involving a failed sweetener company whose leaders were aggressively questioned by the judge's lawmaker husband.
Attorneys for investment bank Morgan Keegan wanted U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey to step aside from a lawsuit filed by an Alabama investor in the failed plant in Moberly.
The Columbia Tribune reports John Cromeans is seeking restitution of $50,000 he spent on bonds issued by the Moberly Industrial Development Authority for Mamtek U.S. Inc. and marketed by Morgan Keegan.
Earlier this week, KBIA told you the City of Moberly has paid at least $677,000 in court fees since the Mamtek sucralose factory failed in 2010, including at least $60,000 in fees so far in April. Today, the Moberly Monitor-Index is reporting the city and its development authority have both been dismissed from a case being brought against them by Mamtek bondholders.
The MMI has just been informed that the City of Moberly and the Industrial Development Authority for the City have been dismissed from the court litigation brought by certain Mamtek bondholders, by Judge Patricia S. Joyce.Joyce granted the City and IDA's Motion for Dismissal late Thursday,