Plumbing company sues over unpaid hotel construction job

Kelly Holleran Aug. 30, 2010, 6:33am

A Jefferson County plumbing business claims the contractors building a new Red Roof Inn only partially paid the more than $50,000 they owe for plumbing work performed.

Golden Triangle Plumbing filed a lawsuit Aug. 19 in Jefferson County District Court against Plumb Line Construction and Essex Brothers Management Co.

Golden Triangle claims the defendants hired it to complete plumbing work at a newly constructed Red Roof Inn in Beaumont.

Although Golden Triangle says it completed the work in a timely and satisfactory fashion, it says the defendants have failed to pay it more than $30,000.

"Plaintiff provided goods and services to Defendants on an open account over the course of several months in the total amount of $56,386.25," the suit states. "After the goods and/or services were delivered and/or performed, Defendants made partial payments to Plaintiff totaling $22,382.50.

"Defendants have defaulted by failing to make payments on the account. The principal balance due on the account is $34,003.75."

In its complaint, Golden Triangle alleges breach of contract, unjust enrichment and violation of the Texas trust fund statute against the defendants.

In addition to the money it says the defendants owe, Golden Triangle seeks pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorney's fees and other relief to which it may be entitled.

Christopher B. Leavins of Germer Gertz in Beaumont will be representing it.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D187-717.

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