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Metairie company files breach of contract suit against contractor

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when a party wants to make sure that an agreement will be enforced, it will enter into a contract. This is because a contract is a legally binding agreement, which creates certain obligations between the parties to the contract. If either party to the contract violates any of the contract terms, that party has breached the contract terms and is liable for the breach in a court of law.

Availing this remedy, Dupont Resources has brought a breach of contract lawsuit against industrial contractor, Southland Steel Fabricators. Dupont Resources, based in Metairie, Louisiana, is claiming that it performed sandblasting and paintwork services for Southland from December 2011 to February 2012. However, Dupont Resources claims that despite sending Southland an invoice for work performed, the company has never been paid for its services. Dupont Services is seeking $21,046.95 in damages for work performed.

If any party to a contract fails to meet its obligations under the agreement, no matter how small, that party is in violation of the contract terms. Since a contract is legally enforceable, the non-breaching party may be able to file a lawsuit against the breaching party for breach of contract. The non-breaching party may either seek to have the contract enforced or recover for any financial harm sustained as a result of the breach.

A party to a contract can be an individual or a business. Here, the parties were two businesses. Ultimately, if the court finds that Southland Steel Fabricators breached its contract with Dupont Resources by failing to pay it for work performed, Dupont may be entitled to damages.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. sued by sub-contractor over payment on Monsanto project," Kyle Barnett, April 25, 2013

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