Childers, marina settle federal damage lawsuit

Court NewsBOONEVILLE – Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville and Pickwick marina businesses have settled their legal differences.

Monday, Childers’ attorney Casey Lott filed a joint request to dismiss, saying the parties agree to terms.

Childers sued Flagship Aqua Yacht LLC and Flagship Marinas Acquisition LLC in June 2012 saying the companies were negligent and reckless to allow nearly 7,000 gallons of gasoline to leak from one of its fuel storage tanks onto Childers’ property.

He insisted the leak permanently damaged trees and other vegetation on his property, diminishing its value and causing him to lose its use and enjoyment for several months.

While details of the deal are not public, Lott said it “was exclusively a monetary settlement.”