Fertilizer manufacturer sues pipeline installer for improper installation of pipelines

Kyle Barnett Apr. 19, 2012, 7:49am

DONALDSONVILLE – A Donaldsonville fertilizer producer is suing a Texas-based contractor who it claims improperly constructed and installed pipelines at their plant.

Terra Mississippi Nitrogen, Inc filed suit on April 11 against Infinity Construction Services, LP in the 23rd Judicial District Court. Terra claims Infinity is in the business of providing construction services to industrial locations and that it was contracted for $300,000 to complete the construction and installation of an eight-inch pipeline at the Donaldsonville factory.

The terms of agreement within the contract are asserted by the plaintiff to have included specifications regarding the integrity of the pipelines that were to ensure compliance with industry guidelines.

The plaintiff claims after Infinity finished the job it inspected the pipes and found that numerous welds on the line were substandard and would have led to a catastrophic failure at the plant. Terra asserts it was forced to shut down the plant in order to repair the defective work.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract, breach of implied duty of workmanlike performance, fraud, detrimental reliance and unjust enrichment.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for substantial repair costs and interruption of business.

Terra Mississippi Nitrogen, Inc. is being represented by Marc C. Dodart of New Orleans-based Phelps Dunbar.

The case has been assigned to Division C Judge Guy Holdridge.

Case number 103427

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