Contractor sues Philadelphia Regional Port Authority over cancelled $45M contract

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 22, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A contractor is suing Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, a port facilities management company, citing alleged breach of contract.

Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. Inc. filed a complaint on Oct. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, alleging port facilities management breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Richard E. Pierson Construction Co. Inc. has suffered immediate and irreparable harm, including loss of business opportunity and loss of profits, as a result of defendant's improper cancellation of a $45 million construction contract that it had awarded to plaintiff as the lowest bidder, due to a bid protest by a disappointed and second-lowest bidder, South State Inc. 

The plaintiff holds Philadelphia Regional Port Authority responsible because the defendant allegedly caused plaintiff its right to be the general contractor on the project and earn profits from the contract, and compromised the credibility of the public bidding of government contracts.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant, permanent injunction, costs of action, and further relief as the court may deem just. They are represented by Robert Gundlach, Theodore Jobes and Brett Berman of Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-04280.

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