City of Port Neches, SIMCO prepare for January trial

David Yates Dec. 20, 2010, 7:17am

The city of Port Neches and SIMCO Enterprises went through pre-trial exercises on Monday, Dec. 20, to better prepare for their upcoming trial set for Jan. 10.

Port Neches sued SIMCO in 2006, after a public roadway project failed to pass inspection, court records show.

In 2003, the city and SIMCO entered into a written contract for the purposes of providing a surface for a public roadway.

"The project received a final inspection in August 2004," the suit states. "The project failed and did not pass inspection. Because of this failure, the city did not receive what it paid for and has suffered significant monetary losses."

Needing more time to prepare for the looming trial, SIMCO's attorney, Daniel Clayton of Beaumont, recently filed a motion for continuance.

However, a court official told the Southeast Texas Record that the trial is still tentatively set for Jan. 10.

The city is hoping to recover actual and consequential damages and is represented by attorney Ben Aderholt of the Houston law firm Looper, Reed & McGraw.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A177-587

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