Leaks at correctional facilities result in lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 12, 2012, 12:42pm

GALVESTON - Claiming a Texas City contractor performed work that resulted in leaks, Allied Air Texas Inc. has filed a lawsuit. 

Recent court documents submitted Nov. 5 in Galveston County District Court show Randall G. Pledger Sr., doing business as M&R Services, improperly completed tasks at a few local correctional facilities and caused almost $15,000 in damages.

The plaintiff hired the defendant to install thermal control valves at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon and run new gas and hot water pipes to new boilers at the Carole Young Unit in Texas City.

The suit asserts the valves at Stringfellow "were installed backwards and were substandard" while a 3-inch pipe connection at Young burst and flooded the boiler room, stating there were reports of leaks on new piping and other deficiencies.

Such apparent problems prompted the complainant to make repairs itself or hire another company.

"Plaintiff would show that despite numerous demands upon defendant to abide by the terms and conditions of the contract, defendant has refused to do so," the original petition says.

It adds "because of the defects and poor quality of the pipe and plumbing installed at the facility, the materials were not fit for the purpose for which they were installed."

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks at least $30,000 in damages.

Attorney David A. Spradlin with Spradlin, Riley & Spradlin in Spring is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-CV-2675

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