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Jan 2, 2013 12:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court Hearing Adjourned In Suit Over Storm-Damaged Vehicles

Jan 2, 2013 12:30 PM

A State Supreme Court hearing scheduled for December 28 on a motion filed by Southampton Town against a national car auction company that is storing storm-damaged vehicles in Speonk was adjourned, Southampton Town Attorney Tiffany Scarlato said last week. Attorneys are due back in court tomorrow, Friday, January 4.

The town is seeking a 
preliminary injunction that could force the company, Copart, Inc., to remove the 
roughly 4,000 vehicles that are at the site off Old Country Road. The cars were flood damaged in November during Hurricane Sandy.

Ms. Scarlato said the town objected to the defendants’ request for the adjournment, and in response, the court set a briefing schedule. She said all motions in the case must be filed by January 30, after which it could be an additional one to two months before Supreme Court Judge Denise Molia issues a decision on the preliminary injunction.

Brian Doyle, an attorney from the Bridgehampton firm Farrell Fritz who is representing Copart, did not return a call or an email seeking comment.

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The Town's motion is for a preliminary injunction (the motion denied on 12/14 was for a temporary restraining order). This new procedural status makes it more likely IMO that the court could order removal of the cars. Per the article this could take up the month of January,while the parties file their papers, and the court considers all issues.

[The earlier article updated 12/19 is now linked above under the photos.]
By PBR (4863), Southampton on Jan 2, 13 6:45 PM
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