Dan Harkins Jun. 8, 2015, 1:50pm

A research firm is suing a storage facility for allegedly destroying cartons of documents that it should have been protecting.

Vital Systems Inc. filed a complaint on June 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Iron Mountain Inc.

The plaintiff, which does clinical research, entered into a contract with the defendant for the plaintiff to store documents from some of its research. Vital paid for storage for April 2010 to April 2012.

On March 2012, the lawsuit states, Vital told the defendant not to destroy the documents and paid then through April 2015.

In January, 2015, the lawsuit alleges, Vital contacted the defendant to check on the status of the documents, and the defendant informed Vital that they had been destroyed, after getting email authorization on May 11, 2010, by Alan Rigg, an alleged employee of Vital. But Vital never employed anyone by that name, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiff, citing breach of contract and violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, seeks $1 for each damaged carton and judgment of $750,000, plus court costs and attorney's fees.

The plaintiff is represented by Richard J. Miller of the Miller Law Firm PC in Schaumburg.

Cook County Circuit Court case no. 2015L005561.

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