Krewe of Bacchus sued over records request after 45 percent dues increase proposal

Kyle Barnett Aug. 2, 2012, 3:19pm

NEW ORLEANS – A major Mardi Gras Krewe has been sued by its members over its alleged failure to release records for inspection.

Micahel E. Botnick, Julian G. Baudier, Jr., Robert A. Kuthcer, Brent R. Barriere and D. Skylar Rosenbloom filed suit against Krewe of Bacchus, Inc. in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 10.

Kutcher claims he made a call to Owen Brennan who set a record inspection date for July 9 and said he would speak to his father, Owen "Pop" Brennan, to identify other dates that may be more convenient and would call him back by the end of the the day on Friday, July 6. Kutcher alleges that he never received a call back and no alternative date for the records inspection was set.

The plaintiffs previously sent a letter on June 29 requesting that organization records from January 2010 forward be provided and demanded an inspection date of July 9. Those actions came after after the Krewe proposed a 45 percent membership fee increase.

The defendant is accused of refusing to permit inspections without good cause.

The plaintiffs are seeking to force the organization to provide the records.

The plaintiffs are represented by Barriere who is employed by New Orleans-based firm Phelps Dunbar.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.

Case no. 2012-06674.

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