A Sauget zinc refinery is suing a foundation contractor over work that allegedly left a building with water damage.

Big River Zinc Corporation filed a lawsuit Feb. 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Midwest Basement Technologies. Lexington Insurance Company, the carrier for Big River, is also named as a defendant.

According to the complaint, Big River hired Midwest Basement to install a ground water control system for its administration building in March 2009. On several occasions after the job was finished, Big River says it notified Midwest Basement of problems caused by the installation.

After allegedly being told those issues were resolved, Big River continued to see problems including water in the building's basement. Ultimately, Big River claims, in May and June 2010 there were power failures in the administration building and damage done to the building's foundation because of the work done by Midwest Basement.

Big River accuses Midwest Basement of negligence and is suing them for breach of contract. They are also asking for Lexington Insurance to pay for the water damage allegedly covered under its policy.

Big River seeks more than $100,000 in damages plus court costs.

The company is represented by attorney David A Nester of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case No. 11-L-94

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