Winemaker's Lawsuit Refiled Over Kentucky Horse Farm Sale

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - California winemaker Jess Jackson's lawsuit alleging fraud in the sale of a horse farm has been refiled in state court.

U.S. District Judge Karl Forester dismissed the lawsuit Monday over worries that it didn't meet the guidelines to be tried in federal court.

The federal lawsuit alleged that former advisers steered Jackson to Buckram Oak horse farm in Lexington in order to receive more than $500,000 in kickbacks off the $17.5 million sale.

The lawsuit filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday alleges that French bloodstock agents Emmanuel de Seroux and Frederic Sauque and California trainer Brad Martin steered Jackson to the Buckram Oak property and persuaded him to offer more than the farm was worth so they could receive kickbacks from the deal, a charge that they have all denied.

Lawyers for Sauque have said they will challenge the lawsuit on grounds that state court is not the appropriate jurisdiction.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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