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Fruit Club Disputes Lawsuits

Sioux Falls, S.D. - The Fruit Club is facing new legal troubles this month. Businesses in two different states have filed federal lawsuits against the Sioux Falls based company.

On Friday, Chestnut Hill Farms out of Florida filed a lawsuit claiming the Fruit Club only paid for half of a shipment of pineapple this past April. They claim the Fruit Club still owes more than $13,000 for the produce, plus attorney fees.

A week earlier, on July 5, another company filed suit for a similar problem. Crossroads Blueberry Farm out of Michigan claims they are owed $67,500 for blueberries delivered to the Fruit Club in July of 2017.

This isn't the first time the Fruit Club has had produce problems. In December, we told you about a lawsuit accusing the Fruit Club of not paying for cherries. At the time, the Fruit Club told us the cherries were bad, and couldn't be sold to customers so it didn't pay. In that case, the two parties reached a settlement.

We've reached out to the Fruit Club and their attorney for comment. According to a Fruit Club representative, they had a "quality dispute" with the companies filing the lawsuits. They said the produce did not meet their standards or those of their customers. 

They said these cases only represent a small amount of their company, which will sell $10 million in produce to customers in 11 states this year.

They also say they weren't aware of the lawsuit with Chestnut Hill and thought it had been "taken care of".  As soon as those court papers are updated, we'll let you know.

The Fruit Club says the case with Crossroads Blueberry Farm is still being disputed.

In a statement the Fruit Club states they are "working to reach a fair resolution on both matters."

You can read the full statement below:

The Fruit Club is aware of the two legal matters. We hold our suppliers to the same high standards our customers hold us to. We bring fresh fruit from the orchard to over 253,000 families in 11 states every month. We pride ourselves on the quality and freshness of the fruit. We are working to reach a fair resolution on both matters.

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