HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The search for the man behind a failed Tennessee Valley business continues.
Former business partners plan to move forward with a lawsuit, even though they cannot find James Lawhorne, the president of Cypress Creek Organic Farms. Attorneys for the farmers said they have not been able to locate Lawhorne.
Cullman attorney Nathan Brock represents 24 people who believe James Lawhorne is a fraud. Officials haven't been able to track him down to serve him the lawsuit, so now they have to go about it the old-fashioned way: printing it in the paper.
The civil lawsuit states Cypress Creek Organic Farms fell apart late last year, leaving those who invested thousands of dollars at a loss. Farmers invested more than $9,000 in exchange for a greenhouse and organic tomato seeds.
Those farmers are now suing Lawhorne over breach of contract, fraud and deceit, saying he misrepresented the company and lied about what they could earn by investing.
No one has been able to locate Lawhorne for comment on the lawsuit and to make sure he's fully aware about it. A motion has been filed to publicize it in the Cullman Tribute for four consecutive weeks.
After the final week of publication, Lawhorne will have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. If he does not, a judge will likely grant a default judgment where it is likely the 24 represented in the suit will go after any and all damages caused by the business.
Lawhorne is also wanted by authorities in Rutherford County TN, where he missed a hearing on an unrelated criminal charge, and now has a warrant out for his arrest.