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Boston Tomato & Packaging, LLC v. Bostonia Produce, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts

April 7, 2015

BOSTON TOMATO & PACKAGING, LLC, LISITANO PRODUCE, INC., JOHN CERASUOLO CO., INC., FORLIZZI AND BIMBER, INC., GREGG DZIAMA INC., and STATE GARDEN, INC., Plaintiffs,
v.
BOSTONIA PRODUCE, INC., STEVEN SPLAGOUNIAS, and NIKITAS SPLAGOUNIAS, Defendants, DEMETRIOS VARDAKOSTAS, Intervenor GARDEN FRESH SALAD CO., INC., COOSEMANS BOSTON INC., HOP HING PRODUCES, INC., GRANT STANTON PRODUCE CO., INC., MUTUAL PRODUCE CORPORATION, TRAVERS FRUIT COMPANY INC., M. CUTONE MUSHROOM COMPANY INC., B.C. PRODUCE, INC., ARROW FARMS, INC., DISILVA FRUIT DISTRIBUTORS, INC., INFINITE HERBS, LLC, and MATARAZZO BROTHERS CO., INC., Intervening, Plaintiffs,

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For Demetrios Vardakostas, Intervenor Plaintiff: Dimitrios Ioannidis, Roach Ioannidis & Megaloudis, LLC, Boston, MA.

For Boston Tomato & Packaging, LLC, Lisitano Produce Inc., John Cerasuolo Co., Inc., Forlizzi and Bimber, Inc., Gregg Dziama Inc., State Garden, Inc., Plaintiffs: Bruce Levinson, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Law Offices of Bruce Levinson, New York, NY; Edward P. Ryan, III, LEAD ATTORNEY, Collora LLP, Boston, MA.

For Garden Fresh Salad Co. Inc., Coosemans Boston Inc., Hop Hing Produces, Inc., Grant Stanton Produce Co. Inc., Mutual Produce Corporation, Travers Fruit Company Inc., M. Cutone Mushroom Company Inc., B.C. Produce, Inc., Arrow Farms, Inc., Disilva Fruit Distributors, Inc., Infinite Herbs, LLC, Matarazzo Brothers Co., Inc., Plaintiffs, ThirdParty Plaintiffs: Bruce Levinson, Law Offices of Bruce Levinson, New York, NY.

For J. Bonafede Co., Inc., Plaintiff: Bruce Levinson, LEAD ATTORNEY, Law Offices of Bruce Levinson, New York, NY.

For Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., Plaintiff: Michael E. Hager, Boston, MA.

Penske Leasing and Ren Company, Plaintiff, Pro se, Boston, MA.

Bostonia Produce, Inc., Defendant, Pro se.

Steven Splagounias, Defendant Pro se.

Nikitas Splagounias, Defendant Pro se.

For P. Tavilla Co., Inc., Arthur G. Silk, Inc., Claimants: Ann M. Cushing, Cushing & Dolan, P.C., Waltham, MA.

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MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

DOUGLAS P. WOODLOCK, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

This action arises from the failure of produce dealer Bostonia Produce, Inc. (" Bostonia" ), to pay for wholesale quantities of produce purchased from the plaintiff produce sellers. In October 2012, plaintiffs brought suit under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (" PACA" ), 7 U.S.C. § 499e, against Bostonia and its officers Steven Splagounias and Nikitas Splagounias. The PACA requires produce dealers who purchase produce on credit to hold the produce and its proceeds in trust for the unpaid seller. 7 U.S.C. § 499e(c)(2). On February 4, 2013, I entered judgment against defendants in the amount of $1,022,061.84 for outstanding ...


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