Orleans Parish Sheriff sued over alleged non-payment on jail improvements

By Lizzy Fitzsousa | Apr 3, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A subcontractor is suing the Orleans Parish Sheriff claiming it was never paid for additional work completed on the Orleans Parish Prison Inmate Processing Center.

Baker Pile Driving & Site Work LLC filed suit against Archer Western Contractors LLC, The McDonnel Group and Marlin N. Gusman, in his capacity as Sheriff and Ex-Officio Chief Executive Officer of Law Enforcement District of the Parish of Orleans, in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Jan. 16.

Gusman answered the suit on March 17, stating that he is responsible for no wrong-doing and any fault is the caused by Baker’s negligence. In addition, he claims he is protected by immunity afforded to public officials when acting in the capacity of their office.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney James M. White III of Covington.

Gusman is represented by Freeman R. Matthews and of New Orleans-based Usry, Weeks & Matthews.

The case is assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.

Case no. 2014-00621.

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