Booneville, Arkansas - A dispute over ownership of 3,500 Tempur-Pedic mattresses bought by an Arkansas evangelist now imprisoned for sex convictions is on hold because one federal court is waiting on another.
A company owned by evangelist Tony Alamo, who is serving a 175-year federal sentence, bought the mattresses from Waste to Charity Inc. and has an agreement to resell them to another company. But Lexington, Ky.-based Tempur-Pedic International Inc. says in a federal lawsuit that it provided the mattresses four years ago to so they could be donated to Hurricane Katrina victims.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that a federal judge has put the case on hold because Waste to Charity filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Florida. Only once that case is complete, can the fate of the Arkansas mattresses be decided.