Cattleman accuses business partners of fraud

By Andrea Dearden | Sep 11, 2014

A Galveston County man is suing former business partners he alleges failed to follow through with multiple agreements. 

Clint McGuire filed a lawsuit against Sean Porter, Thomas Porter, Deborah Porter and Porter Bucking Bulls on Aug. 12 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas. 

McGuire alleges he entered into business agreements with defendants to co-lease a pasture to run cattle, purchase hay equipment and share profits of cut hay. He says he and the defendants also agreed to co-own bulls and split proceeds from semen sales. McGuire contends the Porters have breached their business agreements with him, costing him more than $130,000. 

In November 2013, McGuire says he entered into a settlement agreement with the defendants in which they agreed to make certain payments and return certain property to him. He says they also agreed to pay $100,000 if they breached the terms of the settlement. McGuire says he warned the Porters he would be forced to file a lawsuit if they did not pay him as promised. He says the defendants have failed to follow the terms of the settlement agreement. 

McGuire accuses the Porters of breach of contract, breach of warranty, conversion and fraud. He contends they also violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He is seeking an unspecified amount in actual, treble and exemplary damages. 

Attorney Clint E. McGuire with The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood represents McGuire. 

The case number is Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas case 14-CV-0858.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and it represents only one side of the story.

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