Bungled hemp deal results in two Douglas County lawsuits | Court docket

It started as a straightforward hemp deal between two Douglas County businessmen.

Kurt Holm, a local contractor, would do some work for property owner and investor Dustin Jinks. In return, Jinks would pay Holm out of the unexpected revenue – which is projected to exceed $ 500,000 – from selling the hemp he planned to grow on his property in Camastal.

But the deal fell apart and things got so bad that the two men filed lawsuits against each other, with Holm accusing Jinks of stiffening him by tens of thousands of dollars and Jinks claiming Holm rammed his jeep into him and caused debilitating injuries caused.

Both lawsuits have been filed in Douglas County Circuit Court and work their way through the legal system. Holm is represented by Roseburg’s lawyer, Christopher Peterman. Jinks is represented by Roseburg’s attorney Randy Rubin.

Jinks owns a company called HAD LLC and owned Hemp Valley LLC before it was liquidated last year, according to state records. Holm owns Plan B Contracting LLC, as these records show.

Holm filed the first lawsuit in January 2020, accusing Jink of breach of contract.

According to this complaint, Jinks reached out to Holm asking him to purchase certain items, deliver them to Jinks’ property in Camastal, and then use them to build a 4,000-square-foot barn and fence for a large hemp farm.

These items were a green, 275-horsepower, yellow-wheeled John Deere tractor; Fencing materials, including 25 rolls of 2.4 m high wire fence, approximately 2,000 3 m high steel posts, chain link fences, fence clips, tension wire, and more; and a complete prefabricated kit for a 40-foot by 100-foot barn that was shipped to the site.

In addition to delivering the items to the Camas Valle property, the agreement provided for Holm to build the fence and barn. In return, Jinks Holm would pay a percentage of the profits from the sale of hemp grown on the property.

Holm bought the items and delivered them to the property. However, Jinks failed to repay Holm for the items and refused to return them to Holm upon request, the complaint said. To keep the items away from Holm, Jinks has taken them to an undisclosed location.

Jinks later used the fence materials to build a fence around his property, the complaint said.

Holm tells Jinks to return the materials. He wants Jinks to pay him $ 70,000 plus 9% for his problems, the complaint said.

In April 2020, Jinks filed a counterclaim raising his own allegations against Holm.

Jinks claimed the delay in building the barn meant he was unable to dry seven acres of hemp, which cost him nearly $ 500,000 in lost profits. Jinks went on to claim that Holm failed to check the operating fluid levels on a Caterpillar and a tractor, which damaged both.

The counterclaim was aimed at dismissing Holm’s complaint and convicting Holm of instead paying Jinks nearly $ 570,000 for the lost revenue and damage to the equipment.

While that lawsuit was going through the courts, Jinks filed his own separate lawsuit against Holm. This complaint, alleging that Jinks Holm caused assault, bodily harm, negligence and trespassing, was filed on August 13, 2021.

The complaint revolves around an incident that occurred on or about August 15, 2019 outside the Jinks property in the Camastal.

According to the complaint, Jinks was working at the security gate at the entrance to his property when Holm pulled into Jinks’ driveway in his Jeep Grand Cherokee and stopped at the opening of the gate. Jinks was standing in the center of the driveway, turning away from the jeep when Holm drove forward and hit Jinks with the vehicle. Jinks turned and told Holm to stop, but Holm drove the jeep forward and met Jinks a second time. The impact threw Jinks forward about 2 feet and landed him on the hood of the jeep, the complaint read.

In the two Jeep impacts, Jinks sustained injuries to his neck, upper and lower back, and hips, and had severe headaches, pain, numbness, tiredness and tingling in his hands, legs and feet after the incident.

These and other injuries from the incident cost Jinks approximately $ 20,000 in medical bills, the complaint said. The injuries have also caused Jinks “pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of function and impairment of (his) lifestyle and enjoyment of activities” and will continue to do so in the future, all to his non-pecuniary damage of US $ 50,000 ” According to the complaint.

Holm has not yet filed an official response to the lawsuit, court records show.

The complaint filed by Holm was due to go to court in March 2021 but has been postponed due to COVID-19. A second trial date, this time for October 2021, has also been canceled. The case will now be heard in March before Douglas County District Court judge Kathleen Johnson and a twelve-person jury.

The complaint filed by Jinks was not assigned a trial date.

Phone calls and emails to Holm and Jinks’ lawyers were not answered.

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