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7 On Your Side: ETX business claims no responsibility for court ordered payment


For more than two years an East Texan says he and his family have been fighting for the settlement they say a local transmission company owes them.

The family took the company to court where the business was ordered to pay, but the plaintiff has yet to see a penny.

"They kept assuring me that they knew what they were doing and that they were going to make it right, and that didn't happen," says Mike Gill.

Mike and his father took his car to Mr. Transmission in Tyler in 2009. He says three years later they've made no progress. He says after thousands of dollars of repairs the 1999 VW Beetle is no longer running.

"I'm very frustrated. The courts handled everything correctly, we filed everything the way that we should have and still nothing has come from it," Mike says.

In March of last year, a county court judge ruled in Mike's favor, saying Mr. Transmission owed Mike $5,300. Mike says he's still waiting to see those payments start rolling in.

"I don't feel like I won at all," says Mike.

Since the judge's ruling, Mr. Transmission moved locations and changed owners.

"When a new owner takes over a business, some parts of the debt, the person is responsible for," says Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Jackson.

But who is responsible for this debt isn't clear.

"I'm trying to discuss also with the Smith County Attorney, to see what our liability is and see what we need to do to brandish a resolution," says Constable Jackson.

Tuesday KLTV spoke to the Tyler Mr. Transmission owner, Chris Carroll. He didn't want to go on camera but told us the company Mike dealt with was owned by his brother and has since dissolved. In court documents Caroll says..

"I did not assume any debts associated with MRT Transmission Service Corp. All debts associated with MRT Transmission Service Corp stayed with the corporation. I acquired the franchise only."

The whole situation has left Mike with a win in court but nothing resolved.

"I think that they're trying their best to get away from having to pay me from what they owe me. They haven't changed at all," he says.

The Constable's office says they are still looking into the dispute, including the constable himself, and they are trying to bring this to a resolution as soon as possible.

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