Civil Searches as Background Checks for Business Research

Mon, April 25th, 2011 - 5:34 am - By Gordon Basichis

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There is a $750 Million theme park being planned in Spring Hill, TN, which is the Nashville area.   A background check revealed that the man behind the proposed theme park owes at lest $750 Thousand in judgments.   According to an article in the Reynolds Center, the principal behind this planned theme park, with its two hotels,  a sports arena, and the inevitable wter slide, owes nearly three fourth of a million in judgments.

In the article, which was picked up from the Nashville Business Journal, writer Annie Johnson, urges those interested in business ventures or deals where civil judgments could be a major concern if not a deal breaker, urges the usage of Pacer and Lexis Nexis.   This is all good.   But to really get to the issue of state and not federal cases, sometimes the mere listing of judgments and the figures are not enough.  Sometimes it is important to conduct county civil court records searches as part of your due diligence program.

County Civil Searches are hand searches, meaning they are pulled by hand from the county courthouse.    Of course, one must be aware of the county courthouse where the records are located.   The initial judgment search should tell you that much.   And then, for business research, is is a matter of first pulling the records, and then if the situation warrants, pulling court copies as well.

For background checks, using the free sites, the Google, Yahoo, etc, are good to a point.   The databases are often most helpful.   But to really get into the meat of it all, sometimes it is necessary to run the county civil records searches.   It is, after all, a relatively a modest investment for things like $750 million theme parks and even lesser business ventures.

There is a $750 Million theme park being planned in Spring Hill, TN, which is the Nashville area.   A background check revealed that the man behind the proposed theme park owes at lest $750 Thousand in judgments.   According to an article in the Reynolds Center, the principal behind this planned theme park, with its two hotels,  a sports arena, and the inevitable wter slide, owes nearly three fourth of a million in judgments.

In the article, which was picked up from the Nashville Business Journal, writer Annie Johnson, urges those interested in business ventures or deals where civil judgments could be a major concern if not a deal breaker, urges the usage of Pacer and Lexis Nexis.   This is all good.   But to really get to the issue of state and not federal cases, sometimes the mere listing of judgments and the figures are not enough.  Sometimes it is important to conduct county civil court records searches as part of your due diligence program.

County Civil Searches are hand searches, meaning they are pulled by hand from the county courthouse.    Of course, one must be aware of the county courthouse where the records are located.   The initial judgment search should tell you that much.   And then, for business research, is is a matter of first pulling the records, and then if the situation warrants, pulling court copies as well.

For background checks, using the free sites, the Google, Yahoo, etc, are good to a point.   The databases are often most helpful.   But to really get into the meat of it all, sometimes it is necessary to run the county civil records searches.   It is, after all, a relatively a modest investment for things like $750 million theme parks and even lesser business ventures.

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