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Cell phone tower installer sued by subcontractor for alleged non-payment

By Brandon Caples | Jul 10, 2015

BATON ROUGE – A telecommunications company is suing a local Baton Rouge construction company for alleged breach of contract.

Phoenix Telecom Incorporated filed suit against Trusty Construction in the 19th Judicial District Court on April 7.

According to court records, Trusty, a general contractor, hired Phoenix Telecom to help install and maintain cell phone towers in Louisiana. Initially, the plaintiff performed the work requested by the purchase orders and was paid for eight separate projects in Louisiana. Over the course of three months, the defendant allegedly sent numerous work orders to the plaintiff. The plaintiff states that it in fact completed the work that Trusty LLC asked and in returned sent invoices to the defendant.

In September 2014 the plaintiff claims it sent numerous invoices to the defendant for the completion for their work in Tangipahoa, Bossier, Webster and St. Helena Parishes for a total of $19,930. In October 2014, the plaintiff sent more invoices to the defendant for a total of $26,400. Furthermore, the plaintiff contends that the defendant owe $46,330 for the unpaid invoices.

On Feb. 18, the plaintiff counsel claims to have sent a demand letter to Trusty’s owner, Mark Bruington, requesting full payment in 30 days, but Bruington received the letter and still refused to pay the $46,330.00 owed the plaintiff.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for unpaid invoices and court fees.

Attorney William D. Boyles, of New Orleans, is representing the plaintiff.

This case has been assigned to Division I Judge R. Michael Caldwell.

Case no. 638,372.

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