Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Lack of payment leads to construction litigation

Running a company also means running into issues now and then. In some cases, a construction company that performs work for another business as part of a project may find itself in a situation where it has not been properly compensated for its services. It is not unusual for this type of problem to lead to construction litigation.

Florida readers may be interested in a lawsuit currently underway in another state. According to reports, a construction company had been subcontracted by a general contractor to perform work on the expansion to a Ripley's Aquarium location. The subcontractors provided materials, labor and other factors necessary to complete a new penguin exhibit. However, the general contractor allegedly has not paid the subcontractor a total of $130,767.

The subcontractor has filed a lawsuit, which names both Ripley's and the general contractor. Ripley's released a statement, indicating that the issue was between the contractors. The general contractor indicated that final payment had not been made because damage to the exhibit had occurred during the installation and that the damages cost more than the final payment to the subcontractors. As a result, the general contractor is withholding payment until the damage is fixed.

Not receiving payment after completing a project is a major issue for construction companies. Though it may seem difficult to have to go through legal channels in order to obtain due payment, it may be the best possible option. If Florida company owners believe that construction litigation could help them work toward collecting money owed to them, they may wish to discuss this option with experienced attorneys.

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