ELLSWORTH (AP) — A lobster distribution company with several facilities in Maine is the subject of two lawsuits that shed light on why it hasn’t operated in nearly a month.

In separate complaints, a former Live Lobster Co. Inc. employee and TD Bank claim in lawsuits filed in Massachusetts that the company has failed to live up to contractual agreements and owes them $235,000 and $3.4 million respectively.

The lawsuits raise the question of whether the Chelsea, Mass.-based company, which operates in Maine as Lobster Web Co., will be able to resume operations in Phippsburg, Rockland, Spruce Head and Stonington, where it has buying stations, or in Gouldsboro, where it purchased the former Bumble Bee sardine cannery.

The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/IsE07p) reports that repeated attempts to reach company officials have failed.