Lawsuit Filed by Albert's Organics and Green Earth Produce After the Loss of $68,000 in Fresh Produce
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Green Earth Produce and Albert's Organics have filed a federal civil suit against the Mediterranean Shipping Company, a cargo shipper based out of New York, over the loss of $68,000 in fresh produce. According to the two growers, negligence on the part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company directly contributed to the poor condition of the produce observed on delivery.
The Pennsylvania Record reports that the fruit in question was shipped out of Paita, Peru on January 2014, at which time Green Earth Produce and Albert's Organics claim that it was in good condition. The plaintiffs further claim that due to a lack of the procurement of a seaworthy vessel or proper refrigeration, the cargo arrived in Philadelphia in what they call an unsellable state.
Green Earth Produce and Albert's Organics claim that they attempted to contact the Mediterranean Shipping Company in order to recover the lost payments, but were ignored on each attempt.
Green Earth Produce is suing for $38,000 and Albert's Organics is suing for $30,000, according to The Pennsylvania Record. The two growers have retained Eugene Maginnis of Dugan, Brinkmann, Maginnis, and Pace to represent them during the proceedings.