Garrett v. Parton, et al.

MILTON JAMES GARRETT, in Behalf of Himself and the CITY OF ROANOKE RAPIDS and its TAXPAYERS Plaintiff v. RANDLE "RANDY" H. PARTON; RICHARD "RICK" G.WATSON; ERNEST C. PEARSON; MOONLIGHT BANDIT PRODUCTIONS, LLC; MOONLIGHT BANDIT PROPERTIES, LLC; FRIENDS OF MOONLIGHT BANDITS, LLC; MOONLIGHT BANDIT CONCESSIONS, LLC; MOONLIGHT BANDIT MERCHANDISING, LLC; NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION; AND NORTH CAROLINA'S NORTHEAST PARTNERSHIP;


Case Status

Current Status: Closed
Date Filed: Jun 19th, 2008
Last Action: Jan 30th, 2009
Court Filed In: Halifax County Superior Court

Case Summary

The lawsuit alleges that three individuals, including Randy Parton, and various businesses they worked through began scheming in 2004 to fraudulently lure a city into an agreement to build the Randy Parton Theater so that they could personally profit at the expense of taxpayers. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants made false statements, withheld material facts, breached their fiduciary duties to taxpayers, and ignored substantial conflicts of interest. The City of Roanoke Rapids issued $21.5 million in bonds to pay for the theater project which the defendants led the City to believe would bring much needed economic development to the struggling community. This scheme went undetected initially because of Amendment One, a law that did away with the right of the people to approve or disapprove the type of bonds used in this case. NCICL previously filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the adoption of Amendment One.


Documents Filed

Document Title Date Filed Court Download
Order and Opinion 01/30/2009 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 104KB
Response to Motions to Dismiss Amended Complaint 10/13/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 780KB
Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint and Memo (Watson & Moonlight) 10/10/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 1.1MB
Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint and Memo (NE NCREDC & NC NEP) 10/10/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 687KB
Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint and Memo (Watson) 10/06/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 692KB
Response to Motions to Dismiss 10/03/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 990KB
Amended Complaint and Petition for Declaratory Judgment 09/26/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 1.9MB
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal 09/26/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 252KB
Motion to Dismiss and Memo (Watson) 09/11/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 1.2MB
Motion to Dismiss and Memo (NE NCREDC &NC NEP) 08/29/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 687KB
Motion to Dismiss and Memo (Parton and Moonlight) 08/28/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 839KB
Complaint and Petition for Declaratory Judgment 06/19/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 1.7MB
Exhibits to Original Complaint 06/19/2008 Halifax County Superior Court PDF 6.8MB