Embattled auto auction house Kruse International is suing some of its customers to try to recoup millions of dollars as
it faces legal pressure over its own debts.
Auburn-based Kruse has filed lawsuits in DeKalb County seeking more than $2 million. The auction house says it is owed $6.7 million by customers.
Kruse spokeswoman Kelley Ellert says the company plans to file five to 15 additional lawsuits over the next several weeks.
Kruse faces several lawsuits, including one by a Kansas bank alleging auctioneer Dean Kruse violated terms of a loan on which he still owes $6.5 million and another claiming Kruse defaulted on a $7.8 million debt.
The auctioneer told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne in August that the recession has hurt his sales.