Landscaper wins legal fight against former Rhode Island lawmaker’s company
|By edited by Sarah Bunyea|
Despite the ruling, landscape business owner still unable to access his property.
In West Warwick, Rhode Island, a judge ruled in favor of a landscape contractor, giving him legal access to a road that’s the key dispute in a lawsuit against 4N Properties, a company owned by former state Rep. Jared Nunes and his family, according to an article on the WPRI 12 news website.
But despite the judge’s order that John Read’s company, Read’s Landscape Construction, now has access to the road leading to his property, the order hasn’t been followed. The road remains blocked by jersey barriers, parked vehicles and several piles of stone, sand and soil.
Read says he and his son saved for four years to buy the property to expand their business. He says he’s still not able to access his land because Nunes will not move the barriers. Read says he’s lost tens of thousands of dollars over the three-year-old dispute
In the past, Nunes said his company did not do anything wrong and he emphasized access to Nunes Lane was never part of the deal when the land was sold in 2016.
About a year after the transaction closed, Read’s Landscape Construction sued 4N Properties, alleging it illegally altered the deed, removing Nunes Lane as a right of way to the property.
Records show a legal description of the property that included Nunes Lane as a right of way was approved by West Warwick’s planning board in February 2016. But about two months before the closing, a different description that omitted the right of way was illegally recorded with the town, according to Read’s lawsuit.
According to the article, Read said he would have never bought the land without the right of way. Nunes countered he would have never sold it with the right of way in place.
The lawsuit, which will now move forward on the other allegations, claims Read’s Construction has suffered “irreparable harm as a result of the Defendants’ actions.”