Judge Rules Moberly is Not Liable for Mamtek Bonds

Posted: Feb 28, 2014 7:39 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Feb 28, 2014 8:46 AM

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COLUMBIA (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that the city of Moberly and its industrial development authority are not responsible for bonds involved in a failed artificial sweetener plant project.

Moberly and the agency issued $39 million in bonds in July 2010 to finance construction of a Mamtek plant, which was expected to create 600 jobs. The project never materialized.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled Monday that the city legally issued the bonds. She said that governments can't be sued for legal official acts, which prevents investment banker Morgan Keegan from arguing that the city was liable for the losses. Keegan sold the bonds issued by Moberly.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Keegan's attorney, Chuck Hatfield, says his clients haven't decided whether to appeal the ruling.

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