No Response from American LaFrance LLC to Lawsuit


Nearly five months after being sued over a $220,000 piece of firefighting equipment, American LaFrance LLC is making no efforts to defend itself.

Nor is the big investment firm that backed the business for years, before the Moncks Corner-based manufacturer failed in January.

Quiroga Trucks S.A. alleges that American LaFrance breached a contract to build and deliver a 75-foot aerial ladder assembly, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Quiroga, which is headquartered in Mexico, is seeking the return of its $110,000 deposit and consequential damages that include $193,191 for a breach-of-contract claim from a client in Chile that ultimately was supposed to get the ladder.

American LaFrance has yet to file any formal responses to the complaint, which was brought March 20. Also, it has not notified the court whether it has hired an attorney to work on the case.

As a result of that, Quiroga asked U.S. Magistrate Bristow Marchant last week to issue a default judgment against American LaFrance. No one representing American LaFrance attended the hearing.

Marchant didn’t rule Thursday. Instead, he ordered a revision of Quiroga’s lawsuit, asking the company to add details such as all penalties imposed for the breach-of-contract claim from the Chilean customer.

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