HATTIESBURG — The owners of a Hattiesburg nightclub where three University of Southern Mississippi football players were shot and wounded in November have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
William D. Norris, along with several limited liability corporations he controls, filed petitions March 15 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Mississippi, The Hattiesburg American reported.
After four people were injured in two separate shootings in the parking lot of the Remington’s Hunt Club in Hattiesburg, the nightclub was closed March 4 when a Forrest County Chancery Court judge signed an injunction.
Earlier this month, one of the football players shot outside the club filed suit seeking $87 million in damages.
Martez Smith was one of three football players wounded in the Nov. 14 shooting. Smith remains paralyzed from the waist down.
Norris, Hattiesburg Liquid Entertainment, LLC, and Champion Lanes, LLC, own and operate the Hattiesburg nightclub.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy frees a company from the threat of creditors’ lawsuits while it reorganizes its finances.
The bankruptcy filing also will lead to a shift in jurisdiction for the hearing to determine whether the injunction closing the club will become permanent.
Hattiesburg attorney G. Wayne Hynum represents the club owners in matters involving the injunction.
“The business hopefully will be reopened, but now it will be handled by the bankruptcy court and not the chancery court,” he said.
Documents filed by Norris’ attorneys say each of the limited liability corporations owe an estimated $1 million to $10 million, while Norris’ individual filing estimates a debt of $10 million to $50 million.
Source: The Hattiesburg American