Ballantine accused of racketeering

In a civil suit filed by a former employee:

The lawsuit, filed in New Hanover County Superior Court, also alleges Ballantine, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2004, participated in “racketeering activity” and fraud, including inflating the quantities of waste the company disposed of at the New Hanover County Landfill and charging customers based on the inflated amount.

The suit names Waste Hauling Services, Ballantine, Russ Britton, Jeffrey Milliken and George Cunningham Jr. as defendants. It seeks more than $10,000 for eight separate claims, including breach of contract, fraud, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

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i am confused...

...as to how the racketeering allegations are relevant in a wrongful termination lawsuit, especially since the plaintiff in this case is not alleging that he was terminated after either failing to perform, or discovering and informing on, illegal practices.

i mean, it's interesting, and it's nice to have this come out, but other than a tactic to get this case in front of the media, i'm not sure what, exactly, was the point.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Soprano politics at work?

i mean, it's interesting, and it's nice to have this come out, but other than a tactic to get this case in front of the media, i'm not sure what, exactly, was the point.*fake consultant

No doubt the filing party has been to the local Federal Lawyer and try to get some type of criminal action going against the defendent and fail. Either the defendent is still well connected with the local Feds if he/she is still a Republican until the Obama justice Department appoints a Democrat to the post, or maybe it is just another case of a stupid political Republican lawyer ripping off a nobody without political connections.....If all the facts are true, than the defendent is a bigger slez or scum bag than Easley and John Edwards........

Ballantine Sold Company To Goldman Sachs!

Then on Jan. 11, about two years into McKeithan's employment, Ballantine terminated him because the company had been sold to Waste Industries LLC* Story of lawsuit

"On May 9, 2008, Waste Industries USA, Inc. announced the completion of a going private transaction led by Lonnie C. Poole, Jr., the Company’s founder and Chairman, and Jim W. Perry, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and includes financial partners Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Goldman Sachs. Waste Industries common stock ceased trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange prior to the opening of trading on May 9, 2008 and will no longer be listed."

http://www.waste-ind.com/