BECKLEY – Beaver construction company Preferred Builders Group
LLC, formerly known as DRS Veteran Enterprises LLC, is suing a
subcontractor for $661,300, alleging that the defendant was ultimately
responsible for termination of a contract with the Veterans Administration
Preferred filed its breach-of-contract lawsuit against
Laxton’s Heating, Cooling & Electrical Inc. in March in the Raleigh Circuit Court.
In the complaint, Preferred said it signed a contract with
Veterans Administration Medical Center in April 2013 to complete a construction
project located in Beckley. The contract required construction to be completed
by Oct. 23, 2014.
The plaintiff said it entered into a contract with Laxton’s
to do some of the work on the project on April 15, 2013. However, Preferred
alleged that Laxton’s stopped working on the project without notice in July
2014 and never completed the work outlined in its contract with Preferred.
Specifically, the contract between Preferred and Laxton’s required
the latter to “correct negative air” at the Veterans Administration Medical
Center in Beckely.
The original amount owed to Laxton’s under the subcontract
was $1,347,859. That amount was reduced to $1,261,343 after a change order was
agreed on Nov. 18, 2013.
Despite efforts to fulfill its obligations in the contract with
Veterans Administration Medical Center, the plaintiff said it was in violation
of its agreement with the medical center due to the abrupt nature of Laxton
leaving the job site and not completing its construction.
Preferred said its contract with Veterans Administration
Medical Center was terminated in February 2015 “as a direct result of Laxton’s
failure to complete the work agreed upon in the contract between Preferred and
In addition to the $661,300 in damages, Preferred is seeking
statutory interest, attorney’s fees, costs of filing the lawsuit and other
relief the court deems necessary.
Laxton’s has 30 days to file an answer to the complaint.
Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 17-c-132