PHILADELPHIA – An equipment rental company alleges it is owed thousands of dollars in exchange for products it rented out towards the completion of a major construction project in Center City, Philadelphia.
On May 30, Norris Sales Co., Inc. of Plymouth Meeting filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland and Zurich American Insurance Company, both of Schaumburg, Ill., Federal Insurance Company of Warren, N.J., Liberty Mutual Insurance Company of Boston, Mass. and Tutor Perini Building Corp., of Philadelphia.
Per the lawsuit, Perini entered into a written contract with the 1100 Market Street, L.P., pursuant to which Perini had agreed to construct a project known as “East Market”, located at 1100 Market Street in Philadelphia.
Perini sub-contracted certain work on this project to The Espinosa Group, Inc., based in Carlstadt, N.J. Espinosa rented certain equipment from Norris Sales to facilitate this work, but Norris Sales claimed Espinosa Group did not pay them the full amount owed for the aforementioned supplied equipment.
Perini as principal, plus Fidelity & Deposit Company, Federal Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Zurich American Insurance Company (the “Sureties”) issued a payment bond on the project and Norris Sales notified Perini and the Sureties of its claim for payment under the bond in a Dec. 16 letter last year.
In response, the Sureties requested Norris complete and return a claim form, which they did by Jan. 6 and which the Sureties received on Jan. 10. Espinosa also executed a credit application whereby finance charges accrue on the account at an annual interest rate of 18 percent per year, and Norris Sales says it is entitled to recover all attorney’s fees incurred to enforce its right to payment.
A current unpaid balance as of March 1, 2017 totaled $27,651.25. As a direct and proximate result of the Sureties and Perini’s alleged breaches of the bond, Norris says it has suffered damages of $23,874.78, plus interest, costs and attorney’s fees.
For a count of breach of bond, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, in the amount of $23,874.78, plus pre-judgment interest in an amount to be determined by the evidence, post-judgment interest, costs, attorney’s fees and such other relief as the Court deems just and equitable in this matter.
The plaintiff is represented by Travis L. Kreiser of Kreiser & Associates, in Havertown.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170504110
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