PITTSBURGH A federal judge has issued a default judgment for nearly $280,000 against Global Family Recycling LLC, Warren, Mich., and owner Joe Skorupski for allegedly shorting Choice Trading LLC in 2010.
Choice Trading said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan that it invested in a scrap metal venture with Natural Blue Resources Inc. and was promised 2,000 tonnes of steel from a Warren demolition project for $400,000 (amm.com, Nov. 28, 2011). Choice advanced the money, but after receiving only 800 tonnes was informed that Global Family would be assuming the contract from Natural Blue and was assured that delivery of the scrap it was promised would not be impacted, it said.
Skorupski and Global Family failed to defend or respond to the lawsuit, so the judge ruled in Guttenberg, N.J.-based Choice Tradings favor, according to court documents.
Choice initially sought $240,000 in damages, but the judge awarded another $39,669 to cover costs, interest and legal fees.
AMM was unable to reach Skorupski and Global Family for comment.