Farmers are accusing a South Carolina based hemp company of ruining their plants. Two farmers from South Carolina and three from Alabama are suing David Bulick, a businessman in Charleston.
“We believe that accountability is important, particularly in relatively new industries like the South Carolina hemp industry, and we will look forward to pursuing accountability at a jury trial when the time comes,” said Kyle White, a lawyer representing the farmers.
Bulick is fighting these allegations, stating to the press that he did nothing wrong, even going so far as to put up countersuits. Charleston Hemp Company LLC and Carolina Botanical Genetics LLC are said to have targeted the farmers with sales messages and inaccurate promises which they failed to keep.
The plaintiffs agreed to supply hemp plants grown by them to the companies for CBD extraction. The plants were claimed to be suitable for extraction, but that the company owned by Bulick took the biomass and through their negligence, ruined the crop. They blame the company for their contaminated extracts that were unable to be sold.
The group of farmers also allege that they bought seeds from Bulick the following year, only to have the seeds turn out to be useless.
“The statements made by the Defendants impugned and impeached the honesty, integrity, virtue, and reputation of plaintiffs Ford and Garrison and caused injury and damage to their good names in the community and to their professional reputations, resulting in financial loss, as well as embarrassment and humiliation,” White’s law firm stated.
In response to the allegations, Bulick accused the competence of the farmers and their ability to raise a useable crop. The group of farmers is suing for negligence and recklessness, negligent misrepresentation and defamation, as well as libel and slander. They are seeking a jury trial, damages, and attorney’s fees.