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Construction law dispute on the East Coast

California contractors are undoubtedly no strangers to issues that sometimes arise with clients who have not paid their bills in full. There is a case brewing on the East Coast that involves a project worth more than $2.5 million, which entailed work that included renovations in a park that spans more than 12 acres. The contractors in question are likely headed to court because their attempts to receive payment in full for their completed work have not been successful.  

The landscapers say they completed work as part of their contract, then requested payment for close to $995,000. The contractors declined to accept a settlement of $272,000 offered by the county manager. An attorney representing the landscape company stated that the county’s offer flies in the face of good faith and fair business.  

Major upgrades were made throughout the park 

The work included complete replacement and renovation of the playground, an athletic field, a picnic area and the parking lot. The contractors also improved existing landscaping, upgraded walkways, trails, a dog park, signage and storm water management. This contract dispute appears to be headed for court, which is often necessary when parties are unable to resolve their differences on their own.  

Issues that are key factors in contract disputes 

When a contractor has not received payment in full for work completed, a first logical step to take is to review the terms of agreement. A well-developed contract will include details regarding the scope of work that is to be done, projected completion dates and fees to be charged for work completed. If one party claims the other has not fulfilled contract obligations, that party must be able to convince the court through appropriate evidence, which may include details from the contract itself.  

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