NEW YORK Century Metal
Recycling Pvt. Ltd. is suing Dacon Logistics LLC for allegedly
failing to pay freight charges for shipments of aluminum
The India-based recycler, which
has a facility in Middletown, Conn., has accused Warren,
N.J.-based Dacon and chief executive officer David H. Larr of
breach of contract, according to documents filed in U.S.
District Court in Connecticut.
According to the lawsuit,
Century Metal paid the logistics firm $60,500 to arrange the
shipment of 30 containers of aluminum scrapcollectively
valued at $1,219,357from the United States to India.
Century Metal said that under the terms of the contract, signed
in July and August 2012, Dacon was required to pay all freight
charges and ensure delivery.
When Century Metal attempted to
retrieve the containers in India from Germany-based Hapag-Lloyd
AG and Japan-based Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd., the carriers
contracted by Dacon, both carriers refused "to release the
containers as Dacon had failed to make payment of ocean
freight," according to the lawsuit, and Dacon failed to resolve
The lawsuit alleges that Larr
engaged in a "pattern of willful and deceitful misinformation
regarding payment to Hapag-Lloyd and Mitsui, and subsequent
release to Century Metal." The lawsuit also alleges that
"Larrs representations were known to be false at the time
they were made, and made precisely to induce Century from
talking legal action."
Neither company could be reached