Lawsuit: Bibb landlord locked up $3 million worth of property

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 1, 2014 

Disputes with landlords are common, but one company is going to court after saying its landlord locked away $3 million worth of its property.

Go Green Bioproducts LLC of South Carolina is pursuing a lawsuit in Bibb County Superior Court against Recycle Inc. and Phillip R. Davis, who rented a building in Dry Branch to Go Green.

Go Green’s lawsuit, which was transferred from a Twiggs County court, said the company had been paying $7,000 per month to rent the building. Because Recycle Inc. was in default on a loan involving the property, Go Green said it was staying current on the rent with the bank’s agent and had been using the property for a plastics recycling business.

Go Green said it had been keeping a lot of gear -- described as more than $2.7 million in one document and more than $3.1 million in another -- in the building but decided to change locations and sell off some of its equipment. The lawsuit said Go Green told Recycle it wanted to remove its equipment, but Recycle locked an outer gate and blocked access to the building without prior notice.

The records show the company has equipment to wash, shred and grind materials for recycling. It also has glass crushers on the site.

The company is seeking a court order that it has the right to enter and use the building and use or remove its property while the lease remains in effect. Go Green is also seeking attorney fees in the case.

The lawsuit claims Recycle evicted Go Green despite a valid lease. It also says Recycle and Davis took control of the company’s property “without any legal right to do so and have converted the property to their own use, enjoyment and purposes.”

The attorney for Recycle and Davis, Robert L. Lovett of Macon, did not return a phone call seeking comment. He has not filed a response to the lawsuit in Bibb County, but he did have the lawsuit moved from Twiggs County Superior Court because both defendants are based in Bibb County.

Go Green is represented by attorney James A. Gober of Atlanta.

The lawsuit does not say how many workers are affected or where the operation could move to.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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