NEW ORLEANS — New York corporations are suing a shipbuilder, citing alleged breach of contract and breach of warranty.

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., M/V Donna J Bouchard Corp., B.No. 272 Corp., M/V Kim M Bouchard Corp. and B.No. 270 Corp. filed a complaint June 22 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against VT Halter Marine Inc. alleging that the shipbuilder breached their contract by failing to deliver to them a unit suitable for their intended use.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Feb. 7, 2013, Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., M/V Donna J Bouchard Corp., B.No. 272 Corp., M/V Kim M Bouchard Corp. and B.No. 270 Corp. entered into an ATB Unit Contract with the defendant. In June 2016, they began experiencing two separate cargo contamination problems on the Barge B No. 272 that caused significant damages, including but not limited to downtime and/or loss of profits, cost of repair and loss of business opportunities and business reputation. The plaintiffs holds VT Halter Marine Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly improperly designed and constructed the valves on the Barge B No. 272, improperly manufactured piping onboard the barge, failed to repair the problems and violated all of the warranties set forth in the contract.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendant for the full amount of all damages claimed which are reasonable in the premise, together with pre-judgment interest and costs, and any other relief the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Marc C. Hebert of Jones Walker LLP in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:16-cv-11264

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