Stephen P. McCarron
Louis W. Diess, III
Mary Jean Fassett
Louis W. Diess, III
Lou Diess first became familiar with the PACA
through a family produce business. After receiving his law degree
from Widener University School of Law in 1992, Lou has concentrated
full-time on representing produce companies in all segments of the
produce industry, such as growers, shippers, brokers, terminal market
receivers, retailers, exporters and importers from every major shipping
and receiving point in the nation. Lou has represented produce companies
in hundreds of PACA trust actions in the federal courts and many
reparation disputes before USDA. In the course of representing produce
companies in these cases, he has developed a thorough understanding
of produce company operations and PACA law, as well as a good working
relationship with PACA personnel in each PACA office across the country.
Lou periodically writes articles for the national
produce industry credit reporting service agencies, Red Book and
Blue Book. These articles discuss various legal issues arising under
also conducts seminars on the PACA for corporations, credit groups,
and wholesale terminal markets.
Lou was admitted to the bar of the Court of Appeals
of Maryland and the bar of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1992.
He is also admitted to the federal bars of Maryland and New Jersey,
and several U.S. Courts of Appeal. (Not admitted in DC, practice limited to federal courts.)
Reported cases: Bear Mt. Orchards, Inc. v. Mich-Kim, Inc., 623 F.3d 163 (3d Cir. 2010); Golman-Hayden Co., Inc. v. Fresh Source Produce, Inc., 217 F.3d 348 (5th Cir. 2000); In re Snyder, 184 B.R. 473 (Bkrptcy. D.Md. 1995); Red's Market v. Cape Canaveral Cruise Line, Inc., 181 F.Supp.2d 1339 (M.D.Fl. 2002) aff'd 2002 WL 2001204 (11th Cir. 2002); "R" Best Produce, Inc. v. Shulman-Rabin Mktg, Corp., 467 F.3d 238 (2d Cir. 2006); A&J Produce Corp. v. Bronx Overall Econ. Dev. Corp., 542 F.3d 54 (2d Cir. 2008).