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Friday, February 21, 2014

Former Bandera Biz Owner found liable in federal trial for violating Fair Labor Standards Act

A recent case that I tried to a jury in federal court in San Antonio about a month ago is the subject of an article in this week's Bandera County Courier. It's titled and available online here: Former Bandera biz owner violates FLSA. I sued the company that owns the Big Texas Inn in Kerrville, and its owner, Jerry Lee Reed (not the late Nashville guitar picker). A jury found that he failed to pay my two clients overtime and minimum wages.

If you'd like a good laugh, read the reviews on Big Texas Inn on Trip Adviser. Guest report cockroaches, bed bugs, and other nasties.

As BCC notes, Reed is still advertising his old hotel in Bandera that burned down a while back. There are more hilarious stories of people coming to Bandera to see the "Cowboy Capital of the World" from as far away as England, with reservations at Old Market Square, only to find vacant lot. When they call, they are redirected to Big Texas Inn.
"Reed continues to hawk Bandera's long-defunct Old Texas Square hotel-eatery complex at www.texassquare.com. The website is replete with resplendent images of the once-historic hotel, which included the Mesquite Grill Steak House and Tequila Ritas, "a gorgeous new cantina" featuring "Frozen Painkillers." Of course, the telephone number listed on the website, 830-896-1711, goes directly to Big Texas Inn in Kerrville.
The person answering the Courier's call in January freely admitted that the hotel complex had burned down "about a year ago" and prospective guests calling the number would be staying in Kerrville rather than the Cowboy Capital of the World.
When asked why the website was still viable after a year, the unidentified employee replied, "When Bandera gets booked up, (tourists) come here and we get a lot of business that way."
Caveat emptor."

I wish Kerrville had a weekly paper like the Bandera County Courier. 

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