Local hotel group sues general contractor in U.S. District Court for breach of contract

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 12, 2018

According to the complaint, DDG Construction agreed to build a Hampton Inn in Opelousas for approximately $4.6 million in 10 months.  

LAFAYETTE — A hotel developer accuses a construction company of breach of contract.

Opelousas Hotel Group filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against Maryland-based DDG Construction.

According to the complaint, DDG Construction agreed to build a Hampton Inn in Opelousas for approximately $4.6 million in 10 months. 

However, Opelousas Hotel Group claims DDG Construction raised the contract sum and did not complete the project on time. According to the filing, the agreed completion date was not later than July 1, 2016.

Opelousas Hotel Group claims it was forced to hire a replacement general contractor to complete the project.

“The work performed by defendant on the project was not done in a good and workmanlike manner and plaintiff incurred damages in having to correct defendant’s deficient work,”  the complaint states. 

Among the deficiencies listed in the filing, the plaintiff claims “one of the two fresh air makeup units was not installed; roof drains not tied into storm drainage; failed to install conduit in parking areas to allow for electrical wiring to the light poles; failed to provide for installation of irrigations lines under the parking lot to service landscape areas around the building."

The complaint lists six counts against the defendant, including breach of contract, negligence, breach of implied warranty of workmanship and professional negligence.

The lawsuit was filed by the New Orleans-based law firm Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson.

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