Electronics recycler was denied e-Stewards certification because auditor alleged it was shipping hazardous materials to China.
The electronics recycling company Intercon Solutions, based in Chicago, has filed a lawsuit against Seattle-based Basel Action Network (BAN) and James Puckett, its executive director, seeking damages for defamation and false light.
The lawsuit stems from Intercon Solutions being denied e-Stewards certification in 2011. BAN says the denial was based on “compelling evidence” that Intercon Solutions had been engaged in exporting hazardous electronic scrap to China. (More information is available at www.recyclingtoday.com/ban-denies-certification.aspx
Intercon Solutions alleges that as a result of BAN’s false allegations, it has lost customers and sustained substantial financial losses. Also, R2 Solutions, which administers the Responsible Recycling Practices (R2) Standard, immediately delisted Intercon Solutions following BAN’s statement that the company would not be certified to the e-Stewards Standard. This action contributed further financial damage and loss of business, the lawsuit alleges.
“Intercon Solutions has suffered tremendously due to these false accusations,” says Brian Brundage, CEO of the company. “Beyond the financial losses, BAN and Jim Puckett robbed Intercon Solutions of its good name. Through this lawsuit, we intend to get back our good name and recover for the unconscionable damage that BAN and Puckett have inflicted on the Intercon Solutions family,” he adds.
BAN says that as of July 9, 2012, it has not received any paperwork regarding the lawsuit, adding that it has only found out about the lawsuit through the media.