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Port accuses contractor of fraud and breach of contract

When two companies in Florida or elsewhere enter a business agreement, both sides generally expect the other to hold up their end of the contract. Should one side breach the agreement, the other may wish to pursue restitution. A Port in another state has recently filed a lawsuit against a contractor, accusing it of breach of contract, and is seeking over $4 million in damages.

According to reports, the two entities entered a $47 million agreement just over three years prior to the lawsuit. In the agreement, the contractor was to build numerous terminals and warehouses for port tenants. The contractor was to begin construction a few months later, and the entire process was to be completed in under two years.

According to the port, the contractor fell behind schedule and was unable to provide an acceptable reason for delays. It claims that the incomplete status of the project was costing it up to $5,000 a day, and after two years had passed, it terminated the agreement with the contractor. The port has accused the contractor of fraud and breach of contract, and is seeking to recover investments for work that was never completed, along with restitution for alleged property damage caused by the contractor.

When a company feels that a breach of contract has occurred, it may seek to hold the other party accountable through the civil justice system. However, business contracts can be exceedingly complex and subject to interpretation, and those who face a similar situation may find it advisable to speak with an experienced attorney for advice on how best to proceed. An attorney in Florida can evaluate the contract, address the breach thereof, and assist a client in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible through the necessary channels.

Source: wlox.com, "Port of Gulfport suing contractor for 'breach of contract'", Chris Thies, Sept. 18, 2017

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