Farmer files suit against attorney demanding refund of 'finder's fee' paid in sale of farm

Kyle Barnett Jun. 6, 2012, 3:00pm

William Shockey

BATON ROUGE – An Avoyelles Parish farmer is suing an attorney who brokered a sale of his interest in his family's farm.

Gilbert L. Dozier filed suit on May 25 in the 19th Judicial District Court against Jackson Consulting, LLC. Dozier claims he sold his 23 percent stake in his family's farm for $950,000 in November of 1999 to an LLC developed by his family who then sold a 95 percent stake in the farm to an anonymous client of Robert G. Jackson, proprietor of Jackson Consulting.

The plaintiff alleges Jackson asked for and received a $79,500 "finder's fee" for brokering the deal. Dozier asserts the "finder's fee" should be null and void because Jackson is not a licensed real estate agent or salesman and it is against the law for him to receive a commission on land sales.

Damages in the amount of $79,500 are sought by the plaintiff in addition to attorney and legal fees.

Dozier is represented by William C. Shockey of Baton Rouge-based Shockey and Associates.

The case has been assigned to Section 26 Judge Kay Bates.

Case number 612429.

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