State representative sues construction company over lien for non-payment

Kyle Barnett Sep. 14, 2012, 7:00am

NEW ORLEANS – A state representative is suing a construction company that had a lien placed against his property for alleged non-payment of services.

Rep. Neil Abramson filed suit against Lacey Construction Co. LLC in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 26.

Abramson claims the lien placed on his New Orleans home at the request of Lacey Construction should be removed. He alleges the construction work done on his home by the defendant in 2003 did not conform to standards and was defective and incomplete. Abramson also asserts that he refused to pay Lacey Construction for the work done because it was sub-standard. The plaintiff has twice before made demands in 2004 and 2012 to have the lien of privilege canceled.

The plaintiff claims the lawsuit filed on the improper lien was abandoned, the lien for $90,375 is incorrect because some of the sub-contractors were paid and the contract between Abramson and Lacey specifies any claim should have to undergo arbitration before being handled in the court system.

Abramson seeks to make Lacey Construction liable for Abramson's damages, attorney's fees and costs.

Abramson is represented by Harold J. Flanagan of New Orleans-based Flanagan Partners, LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Case no. 2012-07324.

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