Nonferrous scrap exporter Longyu International Inc. is suing a
New York recycler for allegedly shorting loads of copper scrap
that Longyu had paid it to export to China.
Longyu is seeking
nearly $151,000 in damages from Troy, N.Y.-based eLot
Electronics Recycling Inc. and its proprietors, Anthony Dawson
and Morris Freedman, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S.
District Court in California.
Calif.-based Longyu said it paid nearly $318,000 for four
containers of scrap copper wire from eLot in February and March
2012 and have the recycler ship the material to China.
When the containers
arrived in China, however, they weighed less than the contracts
stipulated and were "found to contain inferior copper wire,
circuit boards and other materials which were not in
compliance" with Longyus agreements with eLot and
resulted in fines and penalties for the company, according to
the court filing.
The lawsuit accuses
eLot and its proprietors of fraud for "knowingly
misrepresent(ing) and omit(ting) information regarding the true
nature of the materials that (eLot) had sold and shipped."
In May, Camden Iron
& Metal Inc. sued Dawson and Freedman for allegedly
contaminating and failing to clean up a 12-acre scrapyard in
Green Island, N.Y., that Camden purchased from the pair in
2010, leaving the Camden, N.J.-based recycler with the cost of
remediating the site (amm.com, May 6).
Neither Longyu nor
eLot could be reached for comment.