County Gives Up Contractor Fight Over Justice Center

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County is giving up the fight and will
pay a contractor that won a $52.6 million arbitration ruling
stemming from the long-delayed and over-budget Regional Justice
Center in downtown Las Vegas.

County spokesman Erik Pappa says officials decided not to risk
more taxpayer money to challenge the Dec. 3 judgment in favor of AF

But Pappa says the county will challenge the way $3.7 million in
interest was calculated.

County officials blamed AF Construction for defects at the
17-story local and state courthouse.

It opened in November 2005 almost four years late, double the
size originally planned and $60 million over the $123.5 million
that AF Construction bid.

The contractor countersued, alleging defamation and financial
hardship because the county withheld payments.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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