Hylla grants Wood River motion to compel, strikes defenses in Rick Jones suit

Amelia Flood Jun. 28, 2010, 6:10am


Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla sided with the city of Wood River Friday in a breach of contract suit brought by former real estate maven Rick Jones.

Hylla granted Wood River's motion to compel and struck parts of Jones' affirmative defenses in an order signed June 25.

Jones now has 14 days to respond to Wood River's discovery requests and to amend his second and third affirmative defenses.

Jones originally sued Wood River last year for allegedly failing to hold up its end of a real estate deal.

Wood River has been fighting the suit since its filing last year.
In the complaint, Jones seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

He contends that Wood River did not build infrastructure required by the deal that netted the city property for a water tower.

The suit was one of two Jones filed in 2009.

The other suit, a breach of contract suit against a homebuyer who failed to go through with the purchase of a home in one of Jones' developments, awaits a damages hearing.

Jones is currently serving a 15 month prison term for federal tax evasion charges.

He pled guilty to those charges last year.

Jones is represented by Robert Bassett.

Daniel Nester represents the city.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-641.

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