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Oxford Federal Facility Sticks Company For Two Thirds Of Recycling Bill

Wisconsin state recycling company, Bickford, Inc., filed suit in 1997 against the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Oxford for the non payment of a $1,800 invoice for the disposal of lighting ballasts. The suit settled for $660 in 1998.

Bickford allegedly disposed of ballast materials for FCI Oxford. After approximately eight months of ignored past due notices, Bickford filed a small claims action in the Juneau County Court for $1,800 plus interest, costs and attorney fees. United States Attorney Peggy Lautenschlager alleged that "The complaint failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted" and that "No contract or request for services exist between the United States and the plaintiff." She further moved for dismissal with prejudice and the award of her fees and costs.

The complaint was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The court authorized a settlement of $660 in 1998 without costs or fees being awarded to either party under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 41(a). See: Bickford v. United States, USDC, W.D. Wis., Case No. 97 c 0813 c (Feb. 2, 1998).

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