Cleaver’s Lawyers Ask for More Time on Car Wash Suit

KC Star:
Lawyers for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s company have asked for more time to respond to a request that the firm be ordered to pay $1.6 million on a delinquent car loan.

In January, Bank of America asked a judge to order the immediate payment on the loan, which the company obtained for a car wash in Grandview. Cleaver’s lawyers were to have responded by Tuesday.

But in a motion filed with the court, the lawyers said they have been unable to discuss the case with their clients “due to scheduling matters related to their employment.” That could refer to Cleaver, who often travels to Washington for congressional business, but it may refer as well to Dianne Cleaver, who is a defendant in the case.

No word on whether the judge has granted the motion, which the Bank of America lawyers oppose.

The trial is still set for April 17.

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