Va. company takes Amoco Oil to court

August 09, 1991|By Kim Clark

The Baltimore Wrecking Corp. is suing the Amoco Oil Co. for $5.1 million, charging that the oil company illegally used the wrecking firm's demolition license number to get permits to renovate at least seven local gas stations.

In a suit filed in Circuit Court in Baltimore, Baltimore Wrecking, which is based in Alexandria, Va., said that Amoco got city permits to do the renovations by saying Baltimore Wrecking would do the work.

But, the suit alleges, Amoco never hired Baltimore Wrecking for any of the work.

Daniel Blum, an attorney for Baltimore Wrecking, said yesterday that Amoco used unlicensed companies to help renovate its Baltimore gas stations in the past five years.

He said that only licensed companies can get permits to do the kind of renovation Amoco wanted. He said that unlicensed companies usually charge less than licensed ones. Eventually, Mr. Blum said, someone at Amoco realized that the permits were improper, refiled correct ones and used other, licensed contractors.

Mr. Blum said that he figures that the jobs would have cost about $10,000 each. But Baltimore Wrecking is asking for more in damages because, it charges, Amoco's use of its name and number caused confusion among regulators and Amoco improperly benefited by trading on the wrecking company's name.

Amoco's attorney could not be reached for comment yesterday, but Amoco has asked the court to dismiss the case.

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