Meat distributor accused of not paying food trader, could owe more than $250,000

By Charmaine Little | Jun 16, 2018

A food trading deal gone bad leaves a meat distributing company allegedly owing more than $250,000, according to a lawsuit filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

FORT LAUDERDALE – A food trading deal gone bad leaves a meat distributing company allegedly owing more than $250,000, according to a lawsuit filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

A nonprofit company, Export Development Canada, provided insurance for food trading company P.J. Impex after the latter failed to receive full payment from the defendant, Vectra International, a meat distributing company. P.J. Impex shipped goods to Vectra on four different occasions, each order with its own invoice.

Export Development made a payment to P.J. Impex on behalf of Vectra after it failed to pay the invoices, which the plaintiff said adds up to more than $254,000. The plaintiff sued the defendant for the amount, plus interest, as well as any other money owed.

The plaintiff is suing Vectra on four causes of action: action for the price, open book account and two counts of account stated. For Count I, action for the price, the plaintiff alleges the defendant not only received the goods but failed to reject it or notify P.J. Impex that it no longer wanted them. For Count II (open book account), the plaintiff adds P.J. Impex continued to keep a record that reportedly proves and outlines the transactions with the defendant so the amount P.J. Impex is entitled to can be determined sufficiently.

For the first count of account stated, the plaintiff said the defendant never challenged any of the invoices or their amounts and recognized each invoice as correct. For the second count of account stated, the plaintiff added, “an account was stated in writing by and between P.J. Impex and the Defendant, wherein it was agreed that the defendant owed P.J. Impex” the above-mentioned amount.

The plaintiff pointed out the defendant’s failure to pay any of the amount it says it is entitled to. It requested damages, prejudgment interest, attorney’s fees and other costs, as well as any other relief the court sees fit.

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