UPDATE: New Albany Board of Aldermen fire city attorney

By New Albany News-Exchange

The New Albany Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 to fire longtime New Albany city attorney Robert “Bobby” Carter Monday night.

The vote came after Carter was part of filing a federal lawsuit against Toyota for a Union County woman.

Toyota’s newest facility sits just a few miles southeast at Blue Springs, in Union County, awaiting the corporation’s production go-ahead in the midst of a global recession and a massive product recall.

Carter filed the class-action lawsuit on behalf of Belva Simmons of Union County, who claims her 2007 Camry is one of thousands under the recall because of sudden acceleration problems.

She’s seeking damages for the loss of value of her vehicle and because, she claims, Toyota has known about its vehicle problems for years.

Carter had offered to withdraw from the lawsuit.

New Albany Mayor Tim Kent said the city would have an acting attorney in place soon.

Carter told the New Albany News-Exchange that the board has violated his contract and he will be filing a lawsuit.

Read more about this story in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.