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Construction company sues schools district over unpaid work

There are many complexities that can go into managing a large construction project in Los Angeles, yet most might assume that the payment of the parties involved would not be one of them. Indeed, such a process might seem fairly simple: a contractor completes the work it has promised to do as per the terms of the agreement, and the beneficiary of the work pays for them. Yet in many cases, matters may not be that simple. One side of a contract may feel that it is justified in withholding payment, while the other might argue that it has strictly adhered to its terms of the arrangement. 

A recent lawsuit in South Carolina sees one side voicing the latter, while the other has remained silent on the matter. A Georgia-based construction company claims that it has completed the work that it was contracted to due for a local school district in building a new performing arts school, yet says it is still owed close to $6 million by the district. In its lawsuit, the company claims that the district asked that the terms of their contract be modified multiple times, and that it was uncooperative during the entire process, causing the project to suffer delays. Still, the company claims to have completed the work according to the district's specifications. Yet when the district brought in an outside firm to manage the project, the construction company's representatives claim they stopped receiving payments

It may be expected that the terms of a contract of something as intensive as a large construction project may change over time, yet when those terms (as constituted) have been met, the party that has met them may be justified in demanding payment. Involving an attorney in the process may be necessary if those payments never come. 

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