- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Minot Public School District is fighting a lawsuit filed by an East Coast company that did cleanup work in schools after the 2011 Souris River flood.

Servpro of the Seacoast filed the suit in federal court in North Dakota last month, saying it is owed more than $2 million for work conducted at 10 school district buildings following the flood. The company wants a jury to hear the case and decide on damages.

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) paid a portion of most of Servpro’s invoices. To date, (Minot Public Schools) has failed to make any payments toward the invoices other than the payments funded by FEMA,” the lawsuit claims.

District lawyers want the suit dismissed and to have the New Hampshire-based company pay costs the district has incurred because of the lawsuit.

Minot Public Schools Business Manager Scott Moum has said the FEMA payments totaled about $8 million, according to the Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/1D5gmaf ).

The school district denies owing any money to Servpro. It wants the lawsuit dismissed.

“The district alleges that (Servpro) repeatedly told the district it would seek payment only for charges approved by FEMA and would not seek any additional payment for services performed,” district lawyers said.

Court documents show U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Miller set a scheduling conference for May 18.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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