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Multiple Lawsuits In The Works Over Logging On Lake Monroe

Logging done on the Huff property on Lake Monroe. (Zach Herndon WTIU/WFIU News)

A Monroe County Circuit Court judge saw evidence and heard arguments today over a dispute between property owners on Lake Monroe. 

It’s one of a number of suits involving landowner Joe Huff, who is logging trees on his land, and nearby residents Michael Cain and Linda Raymond.

Attorney Michael Carmin represented Cain and Raymond. He says an easement granted to a property Huff owns, which allows use of the road for the development of a fixed number of houses cannot be extended to an adjacent property also owned by Huff.

Huff’s attorney, Tom Malapit, argues that once Huff bought both adjacent properties the easement use applies because it should be considered as one contiguous land mass. 

Monroe County Judge Holly Harvey says she'll examine the arguments and issue a final ruling at a later date.

This suit is in addition to an ongoing dispute related to a case that pertains strictly to the original grant of easement. In that case, a Monroe Circuit Court judge granted a preliminary injunction stopping Huff from using the easements for logging, but the Court of Appeals reversed that decision. Now Carmin has asked the State Supreme Court to look at the suit. No word yet on when the State Supreme Court will decide if it will take up that case.

Another case filed by Malapit regarding damages incurred from the original injunction has been stayed until the State Supreme Court decides whether it will hear the case.

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