Stillwater News Press

July 9, 2013

Hearing dates scheduled for fraud lawsuits filed against Stillwater auto dealership

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — One of the fraud lawsuits against the Barry Sanders SuperCenter apparently has been settled, while court dates have been pushed back in two others, according to Payne County court records filed Monday.

Five fraud lawsuits have been filed in Payne County Court against M & N Dealerships VI, LLC, doing business as Barry Sanders Supercenter in Stillwater.

According to court documents, Robert S. Burrows settled his suit against the dealership. Settlement details were not revealed. An Aug. 15 court date was canceled by agreement of both parties.

The Burrows civil suit accused the auto dealership of inflating the price of a used car to match the pickup he was trading. Burrows traded his pickup for a car on Aug. 22.

Burrows is a co-plaintiff with Michelle S. Bilodeau-Burrows in another fraud suit against the dealership. In this suit, the dealership is accused of improperly representing the woman’s financial information on sales and loan documents on the purchase of pickup.

Fraud suits filed by Billy and Karen Shepard, Steven and Rochelle Young and Cynthia Staten include accusations of misrepresenting financial information on sales and loan documents.

In the Burrows, Shepard, Staten and Bilodeau-Burrows suits, Norman attorney John Hunt has asked Payne County District Court Judge Stephen Kistler to make the plaintiffs comply with the mandatory arbitration agreements they signed when they purchased their vehicles.

A 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 hearing is scheduled on the arbitration issue in the Bilodeau-Burrows and Young suits before District Judge Phillip Corley.

A 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 hearing on arbitration in the Shepard and Staten suits was scheduled Monday in Kistler’s courtroom.

Attorneys Blake Beeler of the Oklahoma City firm Bryce Johnson and Associates and John Koemel of the Stillwater firm of Koemel Law are representing the plaintiffs.