- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - An arbitrator has found the city of Hattiesburg owes a local construction company nearly $930,000 in a breach of contract case.

The company, Precision Construction LLC, has now asked Forrest County Circuit Court Judge Robert Helfrich to uphold the arbitrator’s findings.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/V7g9Fc ) arbitrator Donald C. Dornan Jr. awarded Precision over $843,000 for lost profit, unpaid change orders, extra mobilization, stored materials, retainage deposit return and prompt payment penalty. Another $83,000 was to pay attorneys and other fees.

City Attorney Charles Lawrence said while the city technically agreed to the arbitration because of the contract clause, it intends to wait on the action of the circuit court.

Mark Herbert, Precision lead attorney, said he hopes a hearing can be scheduled within the next few weeks.

“The award by the arbitrator is a binding obligation,” said Herbert “The city agreed in that contract to be bound by that award, so they are now bound.”

Herbert said that Precision’s motion asks that the court order the city to pay the award within 30 days of the hearing or be held in contempt.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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