Catholic society alleges IT company never completed work

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 4, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A St. Clair County Catholic society is suing an IT company, alleging the work the plaintiff paid for was never completed.

Catholic Holy Family Society filed a complaint March 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Apexit Consulting Group Inc., Talis IT Partners LLC, Geoff Baltz and Gregory Tapella, alleging breach of contract, fraud, violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, conversion, negligent misrepresentation, civil conspiracy.

According to the complaint, Catholic Holy Family and the defendants entered into an agreement Sept. 1, 2016, for the installation and provision of equipment, software and services at the fee of $3,000 per month. The suit states that the parties signed a statement of work agreement that specified the terms of the agreement and the hourly rate for services delivered, as well as an additional $2,250 per month for offsite backup service. 

The lawsuit alleges the defendants estimated the project would be completed Feb. 28, 2017. Catholic Holy Family purchased a number of warranties from the defendant for $151,491 on Oct. 5, 2016. Then on Oct. 12, 2016, it paid $76,663 for invoice items. 

The suit alleges the defendants have failed to complete the project in the amount of time laid out in the master services agreement, leaving them in breach of the contract.

Catholic Holy Family Society seeks more than $50,000 in damages and all just and proper relief. It is represented by attorneys Patrick Mathis, Allyson Schwab and Laura E. Schrick of Mathis, Marifian & Richter Ltd., in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-196

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