TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The legal department for the City of Terre Haute confirms the city has retained counsel from New Jersey to assist in defending "pay-to-play" allegations from a New Jersey company.
We've obtained what's called a "letter of engagement" from city legal, which outlines its agreement made with Kraemer Burns out of Springfield, NJ.
City legal tells us because Overseas Lease Group (OLG) filed its lawsuit in a NJ federal court, the city needs "local" counsel. The lead attorneys who will defend the city against OLG's allegations will still come from the Bose, McKinney and Evans law firm out of Indianapolis.
Dave Menzel of Kraemer Burns will be the city's lead counsel in NJ, but other attorney could also assist him.
Overseas Lease Group accuses the city, Mayor Duke Bennett and former waste water utility director Mark Thompson of operating a pay-to-play scheme in regards to its sludge dewatering contracts at the wastewater treatment plant.
A similar suit filed in an Indiana federal court was dismissed.