Butzel Long sues to get client files returned
By Andrew Dietderich
September 01, 2003
The Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long P.C. is concerned about the fate of nearly 16,000 boxes of its client files allegedly being held hostage in a Livonia warehouse because of a contract dispute.
That's according to a complaint filed Aug. 4 in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit by Butzel Long against Boston-based Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM) and its subsidiary Iron Mountain Information Management Inc.
The complaint, moved to U.S. District Court on Aug. 19 by attorneys for Iron Mountain, alleges the storage company continues to hold about 16,000 boxes of "primarily client information" hostage in exchange for more than $150,000 in termination fees. Butzel wants the court to order Iron Mountain to give the boxes back.
"Effectively, Iron Mountain is holding Butzel's client files hostage while attempting to extort termination fees which were never contracted for," the complaint says.
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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