by Kate Knable
Posted 11/5/2012 12:00 am
Conway Steel Fabrication Inc. is suing general contractor Stabridg Construction Co. of Birmingham, Ala., for allegedly failing to pay for steel work done while Stabridg was constructing the Dick’s Sporting Goods facility in Conway.
Stabridg subcontracted steel fabricating work to Conway Steel in 2011 for building the Dick’s facility, and then failed to pay Conway Steel, the lawsuit said.
The suit was transferred from Faulkner County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court in October.
Conway Steel is seeking $253,826 plus court costs and punitive damages from Stabridg.
“Stabridg … perpetrated a fraud on Conway Steel. The fraud included but was not limited to receiving funds from Dick’s Sporting Goods which were specifically to be paid to Conway Steel and which were not …,” according to the lawsuit.
Dick’s paid Stabridg for work completed, but Stabridg used the funds “to pay for debts incurred on a residential project on the Gulf Coast,” the suit states.
In its response, Stabridg has denied fraud but agreed that it still owes Conway Steel some money. Stabridg also claimed that Dick’s hasn’t fully paid it for its work.