A Beaumont business filed a lawsuit against two construction firms for breach of contract in an allegedly faulty building project originating in 2012.

Risinger Holdings LLC filed a complaint against Fulbright/Walker Builders Inc., d/b/a American Builders, and Cardinal Glass Company Inc. in Jefferson County District Court on July 1, claiming liability in alleged property damage between 2013 and 2014.

According to the suit, the plaintiff contracted with American Builders to construct a healthcare facility at 7900 Medical Center boulevard in Port Arthur on Aug. 10, 2012. The suit states that the defendant made implied and express warranties to correct any work found to be defective, oversee subcontractors, and conform to contract documents and building plans.

Court documents specify Cardinal Glass as the subcontractor for window installation, and when the facility was completed on or about April 25, 2013, Risinger leased the premises to an orthodontics practice.

The plaintiff asserts that when it discovered water coming through the roof in summer 2013 and notified American Builders, the firm failed to repair the roof satisfactorily. Additionally, the plaintiff claims leakage came in through exterior walls and windows in October 2014 due to both defendants’ failure to construct and seal the building and windows properly.

The suit states that the building sustained heavy water damage to its frame, interior walls, ceilings, air ducts, and insulation, resulting in poor air quality and mold growth.

Claiming compromised usage and property value, the plaintiff seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in compensation for economic, consequential, actual and treble damages, interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs. 

Risinger is represented by Clint Brasher and Joe Muckleroy of Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case A-197290

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