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CSX Transp., Inc. v. Recovery Express, Inc.
Citation:415 F.Supp. 2d 6 (D. Mass. 2006)
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CSX is in the business of selling out-of-service railcars and parts. Recovery is Massachusetts corporation. IDEC had its principal place of business at the same address in Boston. It is now defunct. IDEC and Recovery shares offices in Boston. On August 22, 2003, Albert Arillotta at IDEC sent an email to Len Whitehead of CSX expressing interest in buying railcars as scrap. The email address from which Arillotta sent this inquiry was “[email protected]” Arillotta and Whitehead proceeded with the deal. When later found, Recovery and IDEC refused to pay CSX. CSX brought this action alleging breach of contract. Recovery claims that Arillotta never worked for it. How Arillotta acquired a Recovery email address is explained thus: Marto and Thomas R. Trafton, Recovery’s President, became involved in another venture along with Arillotta and Dominic Ignagni –IDEC. Because of Marto’s and Trafton’s personal interest in IDEC, the fledging company was allowed to share the offices and some resources of Recovery.
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