A Provost Umphrey lawsuit filed over claims seeking tens of thousands of dollars from a Beaumont law firm has been dismissed.

As previously reported, PU filed suit against the Law Offices of Newton B. Schwartz Sr. on Jan. 27 in Jefferson County District Court.

Schwartz and his firm had sued PU for various amounts they say the law firm owes them.

At PU's request, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, dismissed the case, according to the judge's order.

Court records show that the parties reached a settlement.

Among the amounts owed, according to the defendants, were a guaranty on a $40,000 loan to Benton Musselwhite, a guaranty on a $100,000 loan to Benton Musselwhite and monthly advances from PU to Benton Musselwhite, the suit states.

"Plaintiff intends to fully honor, pay and perform all valid and still enforceable debts, obligations, interests and duties owed to Defendants and does not repudiate any valid and still enforceable debts, obligations, interests and duties to Defendants," the suit states.

"However, a genuine controversy exists between Plaintiff and Defendants regarding the existence and enforceability of this claimed debts, obligations, interests and duties and the terms and conditions thereof."

Gary Neale Reger of Orgain, Bell and Tucker in Beaumont represented PU.

Case No. E189-269

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