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Contractor suing Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office for over $700K in breach of contract

By Andrey Burin | Jun 25, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – A contractor involved in the building of a new intake processing center for inmates is suing the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office for failing to pay for the labor as agreed-upon per the contract.

Fisk-Frischertz, A Joint Venture, filed suit against The McDonnel Group LLC, Archer Western Contractors LTD., Law Enforcement District of Parish of New Orleans in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on May 8.

On July 28, 2011, The McDonnel Group entered into a construction contract for an intake processing center in the total of $144,929,000. The architects chosen for the project were a joint venture made up of Grace and Hebert Architects APAC and Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects Regional Design Group LLC and the project sought for the construction of a new jail to house inmates in Orleans Parish.

The McDonnel Group entered into a subcontract on Dec. 28, 2011 with the plaintiff for electrical work for $12,063,000 in order to furnish all labor, materials, equipment, insurance, taxes and supervision in the installation of all electrical, fire alarm, communication systems, lightning protection, grounding systems and associated systems.

The plaintiff claims to have performed all work in a timely manner. As a result of changes made to the scope of work during the course of the project that forced the plaintiff to procure and install certain fiber switches not called out in the plans and specifications of the project. The total additional amount was $707,706.07 for which the plaintiff claims has not been paid.

The plaintiff is seeking the principal amount of the work owed and attorneys fees.

The plaintiff is represented by attorneys H. Bruce Shrees, Daniel J. Caruso, Denise C. Puente and Kaile A. Leblanc of New Orleans-based Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn LLP.

This case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.

Case No. 2015-0455. 

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