A 19th Judicial District Court has granted a tech company’s request to begin collecting a $2.6 million judgment from Baton Rouge developer J.T. “Tommy” Spinosa and his Perkins Rowe companies.
Judge Timothy Kelley signed an order Tuesday that could allow De Lage Landen Financial Services to seize assets from Spinosa and the Perkins Rowe companies, which have been plagued by dozens of lawsuits and countersuits related to the development.
De Lage Landen, a global tech leasing firm, installed more than $1.3 million worth of software and computer equipment at Perkins Rowe, a residential and retail development near the intersection of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Perkins Road.
The Perkins Rowe companies were required to make lease payments for the goods under the contract with De Lage, but none were made, court records show.
In 2009, De Lage filed a federal lawsuit against Spinosa and the Perkins Rowe companies. In May, the federal court in Baton Rouge ruled that Perkins Rowe Associates LLC, JTS Realty Services LLC and Echelon Construction Services LLC owed De Lage $1.7 million.
U.S. District Judge James J. Brady also ruled that Spinosa was personally responsible for half of that amount.
Julie Baxter, an attorney with the Rhorer Law Firm of Baton Rouge, said she is not involved in the litigation.
However, an executory order, like that signed by Judge Kelley, basically means the plaintiff can begin to act immediately, Baxter said.
The reason that De Lage would want this is so that they can begin to seize the assets of Spinosa and the Perkins Rowe companies.
De Lage’s local attorneys, Stewart Robbins & Brown LLC, said they could not comment on the ruling.
Spinosa could not be reached for comment.