New Orleans, Louisiana – A demolition firm in the area claims that it was not paid for the works it conducted as part of a demolition project for a local high school. The works include general demolition, asbestos abatement, and removal of bricks containing asbestos and contaminated drain coverage service, according to the company.
Bayou General Contractors has filed a suit against M3A Architecture, Jacobs Project Management and the insurers of these companies. The lawsuit was filed on 30th November in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans.
According to the demolition company, the defendant companies owe it an amount of US$153,692 and $5,068 for each service provided by it for the tearing down of Francis W Gregory Jr. High School.
Demolition of a building that contains asbestos is a time-consuming as well as expensive job. Before demolishing such a building, all the asbestos materials have to be removed first. Otherwise, there is a chance for asbestos to be disturbed or broken and its deadly fibers to become airborne. If asbestos fibers are released into the air, it could be breathed in easily. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can create severe respiratory disorder and several terminal diseases including lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis.
The defendant companies allegedly breached the contract by failing to give payment for the work done by Bayou General.
Breach of contract is a sort of civil wrong which occurs when a binding contract is not honored by a party or more parties involved in the agreement by non-performance or interfering with the performance of the other party. Failing to carry out any term of an agreement, oral or written, without a genuine legal excuse could be termed as a breach of contract. In the United States, breach of contract is perhaps the most common causes of court cases filed for damages. The punishment issued for breach of contract may differ depending on the rules in each jurisdiction, and also based on the type of agreement involved.
The demolition company is asking for compensation for the $158,761 it is owed and any other recovery to which it is entitled under law.
Law firm Pius Obioha and Associated attorney Michael Harris is representing the plaintiff in the case.
The case will be presided over by Lloyd J. Medley, the judge for the 41st Judicial Civil Court, ‘D’ Division, in Orleans Parish, LA.