Post Family Sues Over Cable Buried on Vineyard

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 12:00 am  

One of Arkansas’ most famous wine families is suing CenturyLink of Monroe, La., for planting a fiber-optic cable through a section of the family’s land just east of Altus where they cultivate grapes.

Eugene Post Sr., and his wife Peggy Jane Post said CenturyLink employees didn’t ask for permission to bury the cable in December on their land at the Mount Bethel Winery, but they went ahead and did it anyway, according to their lawsuit, which was filed in Franklin County Circuit Court but has been transferred to U.S. District Court.

As a result, Centurylink, which is being sued under its official name, Cen-

turyTel of Northwest Arknasas LLC, removed grass and soil from the Posts’ property making “a whole area of land incapable of cultivating grapes,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit didn’t say exactly how large the area was. But the cable is 18 inches below the surface and runs along a portion of the property.

In February or March, the Posts asked CenturyLink employees to remove the cable, but their request was denied.

The Posts claim that they haven’t been able to use their land for six months, “which has prevented any planting or harvesting of crops,” the lawsuit said. They said the damages are at least $80,000.

CenturyLink denied the Posts’ allegations in its court filings.

The Posts’ attorney, Joshua Carson of Fort Smith, and CenturyLink’s attorney, Robert Honea of Fort Smith, declined to comment on the case.

Eugene Post’s relatives have made wine since the early 1880s.




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