Burton Hoey vs. Everyone
Though Hoey is uncharacteristically but understandably closed-mouthed about Armbruster, he will say that "there's going to be a big settlement soon. I don't want to go to trial. Trials are risky."
John Bredell, Hoey's attorney, agrees and hopes insurance will take care of Armbruster before the trial starts. "Mr. Hoey had workers' compensation and liability insurance," he says, "and workers' comp said she's not entitled because she was a farmworker, and liability says she's not entitled because of exclusionary policies. We've filed a lawsuit in federal court against workers' comp, and thankfully liability has covered [Hoey's] expense so far."
What if the insurance doesn't cover him and Hoey loses in court? "He'll go bankrupt," replies Bredell. "His daughter owns the land, and the only real asset is the land. Jenny's market doesn't have any assets, and Mr. Hoey doesn't have any money. When his mother died, there were several heirs, and, as frequently happens in that case, they sold the property. It's my understanding that he'd already drawn on his inheritance and didn't get a chunk of money that Armbruster could take."