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Super Bowl stadium is home to legal turf battle

Texas residents may be interested in a contract dispute that concerns the very ground that the Super Bowl is being played on. Claims of unpaid debts for work already completed have brought three companies to court.

St. Louis business Taylor Turf Installation sued the operators of MetLife Stadium, home of the 2014 Super Bowl, and Georgia contractor Turf Industry Inc. The lawsuit, filed in New Jersey's Bergen County Superior Court, alleges that Taylor was not paid for turf installation work in the stadium. Taylor claims that they did the job last July in half the time that it would normally take. They expected to be paid $417,000, but after an early payment of $125,000, no other payments arrived. Excuses about insufficient paperwork, they claim, were given to explain the lack of payment.

A representative for MetLife Stadium stated that they had no knowledge of Turf Industry's contracts, and simply hired them to complete the returfing. The lawsuit, they say, should be between Taylor and Turf Industry. The spokesperson claims to have contacted Turf Industry and urges them to resolve the matter quickly. The plaintiff is seeking the $292,000 in outstanding payments, plus other damages. According to reports, a hearing date has not yet been set.

Businesses run on contracts day in and day out. Trusting in the performance of those contracts is vital to keeping business alive. If one party fails to live up to their end of the bargain, an attorney with experience in business disputes may be able to help. Through an investigation of the claim and the contract itself to bringing the lawsuit in civil court, an attorney can bring the value of their experience and judgment to a business in trouble.

Source: The Republic, "Company sues Super Bowl stadium operator over unpaid tab for venue's turf", Jim Suhr, January 24, 2014

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