BATON ROUGE — Two fleet services companies are suing barge owners, alleging failure to pay for completed work.
Chen Carriers Towing LLC and Chen Carriers Mile 207 Fleeting Operations LLC filed a lawsuit April 5 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against Allen Cook and International Demolition, Extraction of America LLC, Chotin 1546 and the steel barge hull No. 257993, alleging breach of contract in failing to comply with their fleeting and towing services agreement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs suffered financial damages for non-collection of fees. The suit says the defendants failed and refused to make the payments of approximately $70,271.25 due under the contract, an open account agreement. The lawsuit states the defendants failed to recognize liens of $38,478.75 upon the Chotin 1546, and $31,692.50 upon the steel barge hull No. 257993.
The plaintiffs seek a trial by jury, full payment of $70,271.25, plus interest on its outstanding indebtedness, legal costs and attorney fees and other general and equitable relief the court deems proper. They are represented by attorneys C. William Emory and Georges M. Legrand of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett LLC in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-00213