A letter from the N.C. Department of Transportation secretary to a disgruntled resident helped a contractor win a $6.5 million award in the settlement of a breach-of-contract claim last month. Plaintiff’s attorney Matthew Bouchard said his client first filed a verified claim seeking more than $13 million to recover operating costs lost when completion of a road project the contractor was working on was delayed by more than 600 days. The contractor blamed DOT failures to meet project deadlines for the delay. The DOT rejected the claim so the company filed suit. The parties settled in pre-trial mediation.
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