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Cypress Creek Organic Farms made claims of thousands of dollars in profit with an organic greenhouse. Cypress Creek Organic Farms made claims of thousands of dollars in profit with an organic greenhouse.
Jamie Lawhorne (R) and supporters during an interview with WAFF in 2013. Jamie Lawhorne (R) and supporters during an interview with WAFF in 2013.
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Cullman County, AL (WAFF) -

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the owner of a company that was the subject of a WAFF 48 News investigation.

Monday afternoon, 24 affiliate farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against Jamie Lawhorne and Cypress Creek Organic Farms.

Our investigation began in August when the Better Business Bureau issued an alert on Cypress Creek Organic Farms. Here's how the business worked: Affiliates told us they paid more than $9,000 in exchange for a full-service greenhouse and greenhouse maintenance, organic fertilizers and organic seedlings.

According to their contracts they got 85% royalties, daily pick-up of harvested tomatoes and guaranteed buyback of produce. The BBB said then-CEO Jamie Lawhorne could not back up claims affiliates could earn $25-40,000 a year.

In September, several employees left the company. At that time, Lawhorne told us the company was in the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We have not found a filing in the federal bankruptcy court system.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Cullman County accused Lawhorne and Cypress Creek Organic Farms of breach of contract, fraud, deceit and fraudulent deceit.

We tried to contact Lawhorne but the number listed on the Better Business Bureau's website has been disconnected.

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