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Owners of an Aroostook County Farm Win Court Case

| December 31, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Good news for the owners of a farm in Aroostook County!  A jury has awarded them $1.1 million.  The jury ruled for Vaughn and Mary Sleeper of Island falls, the owners of Sleeper Hill Farms, an Aroostook County potato seed farm, who claimed in a lawsuit that their defense lawyer failed to properly represent them in a previous case. The decision came last week after a five-day trial in Portland. The Sleepers hired Daniel Lilley’s firm in 2001 to represent them and their business against Agway Inc., the New York-based agricultural conglomerate. The Sleepers alleged Agway withheld money from them. The Sleepers said Lilley, one of Maine’s most high profile defense lawyers, didn’t do his job properly. Lilley says he was surprised by the verdict because he won $128,000 for the Sleepers. He says he plans to appeal.

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