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Exterminators Can Keep Personal Taxes Out of Negligence Lawsuit

April 30, 2021, 10:49 PM

The owners of an extermination company in Alabama don’t have to disclose their personal income tax returns in a lawsuit accusing them of using a watered-down pesticide that left a customer’s house damaged by termites, Alabama’s high court ruled Friday.

Edward Wrenn and David Wrenn each own 50% of Wrenn Enterprises Inc., which in turn owns A-1 Exterminating Co. Inc. They were sued by customer Jeffrey E. Wright, who is seeking class status. Wright’s complaint included claims for breach of warranty, breach of contract, negligence, and wantonness.

As part of that action, Wright sought to force the Wrenns to produce...

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