First, in September, the car wash owners, CEO and President Michael A. Porter and Chief Operating Officer John F. Huffer Jr., both of Hot Springs Village, lost a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee.
A federal court jury found that Huffer sexually harassed Holly Sells, who was fired when she complained to Porter, according to court documents filed in the case.
A jury awarded her $200,000 in damages, and the judge added another $100,000 in damages for front pay and about $62,000 for her attorney's fees and court costs, bringing the total judgment to a little more than $362,000.
They owned the car wash, which has an official name of Poor John Enterprises LLC, from September 2002 to last October.
Now Porter and Huffer have filed for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, and the civil judgment is among their debts. But it isn't nearly all. Each listed more than $3 million in debts.
Porter listed $3.82 million in debt and $1.2 million in assets. Huffer listed $3 million in debts and $583,849 in assets.
Porter couldn't be reached for comment and his bankruptcy attorney, James Dowden of Little Rock, declined to comment.
Ditto for Huffer and his attorney, Frederick Wetzel III.
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|Title Annotation:||Mr. Speedy Car Care Center's Michael A. Porter and John F. Huffer Jr. filed for bankruptcy|
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|Date:||Jan 9, 2006|
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