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There's been a string of bad news lately for the owners of Mr. Speedy Car Care Center in Hot Springs.

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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Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Jan 9, 2006
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