Iowa City, IA (PRWEB) August 13, 2014
CRB Concrete Corporation, Inc is suing Illinois contracting giant Williams Brothers Construction,Inc. Cedar Rapids law firm Nazette, Marner, Nathanson & Shea is representing the plaintiff, CRB, a small Iowa subcontractor responsible for creating new jobs in the local market. The lawsuit alleges WBCI failed to provide timely payments, seized CRB property, and hired away CRB’s union workers after unfairly terminating its contract, effectively limiting its ability to complete work for Williams Brothers and other clients.
The suit (case no. LACV076623), filed in Johnson County on August 6, 2014, alleges breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, and theft (conversion) against the Illinois construction company. Damages in excess of $10 million dollars are being sought.
According to court documents, in October of 2013, CRB was contracted by WBCI to perform highly skilled and resource intensive construction work for the University of Iowa’s new Hancher Auditorium, the initial phase of which involved "difficult" work to be executed by CRB. After the initial phase, the work needed to complete the project as outlined in the contract would be cheaper, less time consuming and "easier". Upon completion of the initial phase of difficult work, WBCI allegedly terminated its contract with CRB, refusing previous invoices and seizing tools and equipment needed to finish the remainder of the project (30-37, CRB v. Williams Brothers).