Lawsuit dismissed against Greene County commissioner

The dispute stemmed from a personal business deal.

In a June letter addressed to Koogler, the plaintiff David Thompson, absolved the county commissioner of any wrongdoing.

“The above captioned lawsuit was filed on the basis of information available to me prior to filing,” Thompson wrote. “Subsequent information suggests that you did no wrong and, as a consequence, agreement has been reached to dismiss the lawsuit.”

Thompson, a Xenia resident, filed the lawsuit in Greene County Common Pleas Court in February. The complaint alleged he entered into an agreement to buy Koogler Sanitation on June 23, 2013, and paid $100,000 for the business. In a memorandum of understanding for the sale, Koogler agreed to sell the septic tank company’s assets that included two trucks with tanker pumping units, spare parts for the trucks, all customer records and the business phone number, according to court records.

In the lawsuit, Thompson said he never received the customer list that was part of the sale agreement, and alleged Koogler sold the business to another party, according to court documents.

Koogler’s father, Calvin Koogler, started and operated the Koogler Sanitation Service Company in 1974 until he died in 2013. Koogler was the executor of the estate, according to court documents.

“I don’t understand why the case was filed,” Koogler said during an interview. “I believe it was politically motivated because it was filed around the primary election time. It was probably designed to show me in a bad light.”

After the lawsuit was filed, Thompson was able to track down the missing information and as a result, he has paid a portion of Koogler’s legal fees.

“It lasted too long and it was a mistake all around,” Thompson said. “The wrong guy had the paperwork and didn’t know he had it.”

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