Bass Pro is facing a federal lawsuit for allegedly not buying enough alligator meat.
According to litigation filed last week, the Springfield-based outdoor retail giant is accused of breaching the contract it reached with a Louisiana seafood distributor.
The lawsuit says Bass Pro entered into a four-year food service agreement in August 2016 with Big Pop’s Fresh Louisiana Seafood LLC in which Bass Pro agreed to buy a minimum of 150,000 pounds of alligator meat per year at $8.70 a pound.
According to the lawsuit, Bass Pro failed to purchase the minimum 150,000-pound amount in each year of the agreement (which expired July 31).
In total, the lawsuit says Bass Pro purchased 283,432 pounds of alligator meat over the course of the contract after it had agreed to purchase at least 600,000 pounds.
According to the lawsuit, Big Pop’s Fresh Louisiana Seafood says it lost more than $75,000 because Bass Pro did not honor the agreement. The seafood distributor is asking Bass Pro to pay damages.
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Bass Pro’s media relations department did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment for this report.
Online court records indicate the case has been included in the Western District of Missouri’s Mediation and Assessment Program so the two sides can work outside of court toward a possible resolution.