March 30, 2023

Americans on trial against power and phone outages – 01/30/2023 – Mercado

the The Americans Justice asked Monday (30) to protect against power, telephone and internet outages in its stores due to debts with public service franchisees. In the application, he requests a daily fine of R$100,000.

At the event, the company says it has already been the target of fees from its Enel São Paulo and Light franchisees, which serve the metropolitan area. river Januaryfor bills that were open prior to the application for judicial recovery, which was made on the 19th.

A light appears on the list of creditors submitted in the judicial recovery request With a debt of R$919,000. To Eletropaulo, now called Enel São Paulo, Americana owes R$442,000. Americana also owes R$25,000 to another Enel company, Enel Green Power.

The retailer also points to the phone companies’ high debt. With Claro, for example, the debt is R$24.1 million. But the list of creditors does not specify whether the value corresponds to the provision of services or business partnership.

The company claims that electricity, telephone and internet services are essential and that even after filing for judicial recovery they are still charged.

In the suit, Americana is also seeking protection from eviction proceedings from its stores for rent delays. A case is running, for example, in Niterói, in the Rio metropolitan area.

The company has been the target of an eviction suit brought by Plaza Shopping, which is run by the Aliansce Sonae + BR Malls consortium. According to the list of creditors in the judicial recovery process, the debt is R$319,000.

On Monday, the country’s largest central union issued a joint statement defending the direct involvement of trade unions Ministry of Labor In the company’s judicial recovery process.

In a meeting with the trade unions and the Minister of Labor, Louise Marinohe said that “apparently, there may be corporate irresponsibility,” but stated that “it is imperative that we succeed in keeping the economic activity of Lojas Americanas going, regardless of who controls it.”

The major shareholders of the company are billionaires Jorge Paulo Lehmann, Carlos Secubera and Marcel Telles, who actually claimed that they were unaware of the company’s accounting situation. The three are being investigated in the CVM (Securities and Exchange Commission) process regarding the deletion of information.