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Caddo commissioner must file as private citizen in Elio Motors deal lawsuit

Caddo Commissioner Stephanie Lynch Caddo Commissioner Stephanie Lynch
Targeting a retail cost of $6,800, the company will position the Elio vehicle as a cost-effective alternative to four-wheeled autos. Targeting a retail cost of $6,800, the company will position the Elio vehicle as a cost-effective alternative to four-wheeled autos.
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Elio Motors is working out a deal to get them into the old General Motors plant in West Shreveport. But one commissioner wants to block the purchase of the former GM plant with a lawsuit.

Commissioner Stephanie Lynch was the only one of 12 commissioners to vote against a $7.5 million dollar deal which would put Industrial Realty Group in charge of the facility. A hearing for Lynch's lawsuit was held Tuesday afternoon.

But it didn't get very far. After Judge Leon Emanuel chose to accept a new amendment by Lynch. The amendment established Lynch would appear before court as a private citizen and not as a commissioner. It also dismisses the Caddo Parish Commission and the Industrial Developmental Board from the lawsuit and instead, sues Caddo Parish. Because of that, the court can't move forward until the Caddo Parish administrator is served with the lawsuit.

The attorney representing the commission, Dannye Malone, considers Tuesday's hearing a small victory. "The hearing today affirmed what I believed all along. Mrs. Lynch filed suit against the wrong party," says Malone.

Lynch says she will not be dropping her lawsuit anytime soon. "Certainly, we are going to continue fighting to make sure that we're not flushing $7.5 million dollars down the drain," says Lynch.

Judge Emanuel expects the Caddo Parish administrator to be served with the suit by Friday. A hearing is also expected to be set by Wednesday, September 11th.

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