Piasa Commercial Interiors alleges Cargill, others failed to fully pay

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 30, 2013

An Illinois company claims it was not paid more than $75,000 for work it finished in September.

Piasa Commercial Interiors filed a lawsuit Dec. 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Cargill Incorporated, W.S.M. and Veterans Restoration Services.

In its complaint, Piasa alleges it agreed to perform rough and finished carpentry work, plus plaster work for two truck dump pits structures, a mockup wall and a control room at the Cargill plant, which is located at 430 Front St. in East St. Louis. Defendants W.S.M. and Veterans Restoration Services entered into a contract with Piasa, promising to pay it for the work, according to the complaint.

On Sept. 27, Piasa finished the job. It was supposed to be paid $117,986, the suit states. However, W.S.M. and Veterans Restoration Services have only paid it $42,198.50, leaving $75,787.50 left unpaid, the complaint says.

W.S.M. and Veterans Restoration Services have refused to pay the balance, even though Piasa has demanded the money from them, according to the complaint.

In addition to the money it claims the defendants owe it, Piasa seeks interest at five percent, plus costs and attorney’s fees of $15,000. It also filed a Mechanic’s Lien on the property and is asking the court to force Cargill to pay the money owed or to sell the property in a public auction and pay the proceeds owed to Piasa.

David M. Duree of David M. Duree and Associates in O’Fallon will be representing it.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-607.

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