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Allegany Wrecking wins suit over old Wal-Mart demolition

October 22, 2005|By Pepper Ballard

A Washington County Circuit Court jury decided Thursday that ECI Construction LLC must pay Allegany Wrecking Contractors $102,000 in connection with a breached contract over the demolition of Wal-Mart on Wesel Boulevard, according to court records.

The complaint, filed in December 2004 by Allegany Wrecking Contractors, said the company signed an agreement about six months earlier with ECI Construction LLC, a Pennsylvania-based contractor. The agreement said ECI would pay Allegany Wrecking $120,000 to demolish the old Wal-Mart and perform related salvage jobs, the complaint states.

Although no time frame was established in the agreement, about a week into the job, ECI told Allegany Wrecking to work faster, forcing the company to spend money to bring in more workers and equipment, the complaint states.

In September 2004, less than eight weeks after Allegany Wrecking began its work - completing about 90 percent of the project, ECI told the company it was behind schedule. It then "wrongfully terminated the contract," kicking Allegany Wrecking off the site, according to court documents.

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ECI, the complaint states, didn't pay Allegany Wrecking for months of work. It also never kept a promise to Allegany Wrecking that it would have "the right to retain, sell and keep the proceeds from the sale of any salvage material generated" by its work.

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