The USDA has determined that Oscar A. Lopez was not responsibly connected to Coram Deo Farms Inc. at the time of a reparation order issued under the PACA. ( File photo )

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided that Oscar A. Lopez is not restricted under a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act sanction of Coram Deo Farms Inc., Tubac, Ariz.

Coram Deo Farms was sanctioned last month for failing to pay a $73,600 award in favor of a Texas seller in April, and Lopez was intially held to be responsibly connected to the company along with Adrian L. Pryor, according to a news release.

Coram Deo Farms, Lopez and Pryor are the listed defendants in a lawsuit brought in June by San Antonio-based Iscavo Avocados USA LLC, according to online court documents.

Lopez disputed his connection to Coram Deo Farms, and the USDA determined that he was no longer with the company when the reparation award was issued, according to the release.

Now Lopez is free to be employed by any PACA licensee.