TrueStar USA, the incumbent company that lost its lucrative contract for wrapping baggage at Miami International Airport, foundered this week in two lawsuits against its rival, Safe Wrap.
On Thursday, a Miami-Dade judge denied TrueStar’s attempt to block Safe Wrap from entering into a contract with Miami-Dade County. On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a claim that Safe Wrap had engaged in civil racketeering using “Mafia-style tactics” to defame TrueStar.
The court setbacks come a week after TrueStar’s defeat at the hands of county commissioners, who selected Safe Wrap to encase travelers’ luggage in clingy plastic to prevent theft. Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who had recommended TrueStar, vetoed commissioners’ initial decision, which they later upheld.
TrueStar sued, arguing the commission violated county procurement rul