Second lawsuit filed against state senator

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  There's yet another lawsuit against state Senator Billy Hudson, Sr. and the company that bares his name. This time it's mainly focused on employees.

In a civil suit filed in federal court Channel Control Merchants, which now owns Treasure Hunt and Dirt Cheap, accuses three former employees who now work with Hudson and his Hudson company of stealing company information.

The suit claims the three employees used Channel Control computers to access sensitive information before leaving the company to go work with Hudson. The lawsuit also claims Hudson coerced the former Channel Control employees of breaking agreements which included a non-compete business venture. Hudson's attorney, Senator Chris McDaniel says the lawsuit is frivolous.

"At the end of the day, the gist of the lawsuit is going to be real simple. A group of Canadian investors believe they can come down here to South Mississippi and push around a group of businessmen," said McDaniel. "They don't want to compete in open market, they want to close them down via the court system or to intimidate them via the court system."

This latest lawsuit comes on the heels of another lawsuit filed by the same company back in November claiming Billy Hudson, Sr. had no rights to the Hudson's name when he opened his new outlet store.