Contractor sues electrician over uncompleted work

Kelly Holleran Jan. 27, 2010, 8:24am

A Beaumont contractor claims the failure of subcontractors to properly complete a job has forced it to spend an additional $50,000.

Florentino Diaz, doing business as CSI Industries, filed a lawsuit Jan. 21 in Jefferson County District Court against ALL Advanced Electric.

CSI was hired by The Diaz Real Estate Group to provide general contracting services for the construction of a restaurant to be located at 4430 Dowlen Road in Beaumont.

In turn, CSI hired ALL to complete electrical work for $62,400, according to the complaint. ALL agreed to finish the electrical work within five weeks, the suit states.

CSI alleges ALL failed to follow the provided plans, failed to complete the work within the agreed time frame and attempted to charge for extra work that had not been approved in writing, the complaint says.

"ALL subsequently abandoned the project and refuses to complete the electrical work," the suit claims. "Furthermore, ALL breached the contract by failing to pay for materials that ALL purchased for the project from Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc. which has resulted in CED filing a lien against CSI in the amount of $21,456.46."

Because of ALL's actions, The Diaz Real Estate Group has been delayed in opening the restaurant, CSI alleges. In addition, CSI had to hire another electrical subcontractor for $58,000, according to the complaint.

"CSI has now spent a total of $94,000 for the electrical work that ALL agreed to perform for $62,400," the suit states.

CSI alleges breach of contract against ALL and seeks actual damages, attorney's fees, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

John Adair of Beaumont will be representing CSI.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E185-771.

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