Michigan Contractor sues Richmond, KY Utilities, engineering firm over geotechnical report

Lakeshore Engineering Services, Inc. of Detroit, MI has filed a lawsuit agains the Richmond (Kentucky) Utilites Board and HDR Engineering alleging breach of contract.

Among other claims, Lakeshore alleges Richmond Utilities committed a breach of contract and violated the Fairness in Construction Act. The company also claims both Richmond Utilities and HDR are guilty of negligent misrepresentations and supplying false information by stating in the contract that bidders could ‘rely’ on the information provided in the geotechnical report.

The claims center around bedrock encountered during the excavation for a wastewater treatment plant. The geotechnical report was not written by HDR, but by another engineering firm, Thelen Associates Inc. [Source: The Richmond Register]