(Feb. 24, 5:17 p.m.) Dole Fresh Fruit Co. is suing O. Lippi and Co. Inc., a San Francisco-based fruit wholesaler, claiming the now-bankrupt company owes Dole almost $570,000.

In a lawsuit filed Feb. 2 in U.S. Northern California District Court, Dole, Westlake Village, Calif., is suing former O. Lippi and Co. executives Dennis Martin and Kathleen Martin for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act for unpaid bills from September to January.

Dole spokesman Marty Ordman said Dole does not comment on pending litigation. Dennis Martin was unavailable for comment with no legal counsel listed in court documents.

According to the lawsuit, O. Lippi and Co. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Feb. 4 after closing Jan. 28. Dole says in its lawsuit it was advised by O. Lippi and Co. that it was “ceasing all operations and intended to liquidate the company outside of bankruptcy.”

Michael Janis, general manager of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, where O. Lippi and Co. were tenants for more than 40 years, said he’s looking to fill the 10,000 square-foot vacant facility that includes banana ripening rooms.

“O. Lippi and Co. was one of our founding businesses when we opened in 1963,” Janis said.

The company had about 10 employees when it closed, Janis said.

Janis said the company, which sold bananas, tropical fruits, avocados, and citrus, was founded in the 1930s, and the family sold it to the Martins in the early 2000s, and had no dealings with the business since then.