Irish Isle, freezer company settle
WILLIAMSPORT - A settlement has been reached in a 2012 lawsuit filed by a local meat market against an Indiana company claiming its mistake cost $70,000 in products.
The suit, filed by Irish Isle Provision Co. Inc., Shamokin, in U.S. District Court, Williamsport, claimed Polar Leasing Co. Inc. set up a mobile walk-in freezer to instead operate as a refrigeration unit, causing the loss.
Irish Isle, owned by Earl Sheriff, was asking for a judgment for lost inventory, lost profits and benefits, lost future profits and benefits, humiliation, emotional distress and other relief as deemed appropriate.
On July 15, U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann issued an order stating the matter has been settled. He said the action is dismissed without costs and prejudice to the right of either party.
According to court documents filed by Irish Isle attorney Richard J. Callahan, Williamsport, the Coal Township firm decided to repair the floor of its walk-in freezer in May 2011 and contacted Polar Leasing to inquire about rental or lease of a mobile walk-in freezer.
A deal was struck, with Sheriff saying in the filing that before and after the agreement was executed, an agent of Polar Leasing assured him that if anything went wrong or losses were sustained because of renting the unit, Polar would "make it right."
The freezer was delivered June 3, 2011, and a Polar agent checked it to make sure it was operating properly, assuring Sheriff that it was. Employees then transferred the store's frozen inventory to the leased unit that same day, the suit states.
Two days later, Sheriff checked on the mobile freezer and discovered it was not operating to the agreed-upon specifications.
Irish Isle claims it suffered losses of inventory and customer base because of not having sufficient inventory, and was not able to obtain replacement inventory, thereby losing more customers.
Irish Isle also claimed that it lost a favorable credit rating with local banks, and the incident damaged the business's reputation.
The suit charged Polar Leasing with breach of contract, negligence, negligent misrepresentations and fraud.