PITTSBURGH A Texas metal recycler and an auto salvage company are suing the city of San Antonio, alleging that they are being held to a higher standard than their competitor.
Acme Recycling Inc., Texas Auto Salvage Inc. and owners Gary and Daniel Hack have accused San Antonio of selectively enforcing city codes and environmental laws.
Acme Recycling and Texas Auto claim that they have incurred substantial costs to obtain permits and operate while competitor San Antonio Auto & Truck Salvage Inc. and its owner, Daniel Ramirez, have not been required to obtain the same permits.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Texas is asking the court to award it money for being singled out by the city as well as enforce laws that will stop San Antonio Auto & Truck from polluting by allegedly allowing auto fluids to leak onto the ground and operating without necessary permits
The city has not provided all requested records, including computer records, police reports, permits and certificates of occupancy, according to the lawsuit. One set of documents specifically being sought by the plaintiffs are police records related to Ramirez alleging that the Hacks tried to run him over with a vehicle.
The lawsuit indicates there is no love lost between the competitors. The Hacks accuse Ramirez of making false claims about alleged involvement in illegal activities to encourage an investigation of their business, and also accuse Ramirez of purchasing untitled vehicles.
The lawsuit was originally filed in a local court but has been transferred to federal court because the plaintiffs allege they are being denied equal protection under state and federal constitutions.
The city did not respond to a request for comment, but it has filed a response asking the court to throw out the suit, calling it frivolous, groundless and without merit. Ramirez could not be reached for comment.