Judge to City: Poplar Bluff Internet Owes You $0
Poplar Bluff Internet, Inc. owned and operated SEMO.net from 1995 until 2012. Brian Becker is founder and majority shareholder of Poplar Bluff Internet, Inc.
As I’ve hinted and casually stated over the course of the last eight months…in their haste, Doug Bagby and Wallace Duncan forgot to exclude their judgment against Poplar Bluff Internet, Inc. when they sold City Cable back on April 1st.
The DAR reported, on at least two occasions, that the debt was not a part of the deal citing an email and some quotes by a NewWave representative. But anyone who read the purchase agreement knew the DAR was wrong (which, by the way, appears to be the norm these days).
The hearing was held on Thursday in the Butler County Courthouse. Doug Bagby had been subpoenaed by the City to testify regarding the negotiation process. Judge Ligons would not allow him to testify. Derrick Kirby, Poplar Bluff Internet’s legal counsel said, “I don’t believe there is any ambiguity. And without ambiguity, I believe the court is confined to the four corners of the contract.” Ligons agreed.
Later that day, the judge signed an order effectively stating that the city transferred that debt with the sale of City Cable to NewWave.
The four-year-saga between Poplar Bluff Internet and the City of Poplar Bluff is officially over.