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Courthouse Leak

Middlesex County, NC: (May-09-08) Middlesex County brought a lawsuit against the firm of Wiley & Wilson, a Lynchburg architect, alleging that the courthouse they built had leaks and mold, as well as other construction defects. The suit stated that Wiley & Wilson designed the courthouse in Saluda, which opened two years after scheduled as a result of alleged structural defects.

Court papers show that the county filed a $500,000 lawsuit against Wiley & Wilson on Oct. 3, 2006, seeking money to cover the costs of repairs to the building. Following that, Wiley & Wilson brought a $200,000 countersuit against Middlesex, claiming the firm fulfilled the obligations of its contract and was not fully compensated. County spokespersons stated that though finished in September 2005, the courthouse didn't open for business until two years later as a result of recurring leaks and water damage in the basement and first floor.

Following mediations, the two sides agreed to resolve the dispute, with Wiley & Wilson agreeing to pay the county $100,000. Middlesex County Administrator Charlie Culley said the money from Wiley & Wilson will help cover costs well in excess of $100,000 incurred by the county to make repairs to the courthouse so it can be occupied. [DAILY PRESS: SETTLEMENT FINALLY REACHED IN LEAKY-COURTHOUSE LAWSUITS]


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Published on May-13-08


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