A major fire that occurred in downtown Toronto continues to have repercussions in the city’s courtrooms. The building belonged to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and the agency hired TGA General Contracting & Restoration Inc. as general contractor for the restoration project. A series of lawsuits between the parties involved, including one for breach of contract, are working their way through the courts.
A Web of Lawsuits
In the tangled web of lawsuits and counter lawsuits, the TCHC is being sued by two men who worked for a subsidiary agency (Housing Services Inc., or HSI) for wrongful dismissal. In a statement of defense, the TCHC is alleging that the two men, on behalf of HSI, charged inflated rates both for labour and constructions materials costs for the reconstruction work. The TCHC goes so far as to allege that there are up to $1 million in “fabricated costs” associated with their billings.
That’s just the background. Simultaneously, the TCHC is suing TGA to the tune of $5.2 million for breach of contract. TGA, as general contractor, retained HSI as one of the subcontractors on the project. HSI in turn performed numerous repairs and reconstruction work to the building and submitted invoices totalling $9.3 million. TCHC claims HSI has only received $4.6 million and is suing for the remaining $4.7 million.
- What if you were associated with one of the companies in this kind of situation?
- What if you were one of the other subcontractors – are you caught in the crossfire?
It Can Get Complicated
Employment under contract can involve you in any number of different situations, many of which you will have no control over and you may not even be aware of. When complications occur, you need someone in your corner to make sure your rights aren’t forgotten. An employment contract involves your bread and butter so it’s vital to make sure your interests are protected and that you won’t be left in the lurch or end up stuck in an untenable situation with no good way out.
- You need someone in your corner.
Whether you’re about to sign a contract or you’re currently involved in one and thinking of getting out, cancellation clauses and other issues can be complex and the consequences far reaching.
Know your rights. Contact the breach of contract lawyers at Petrillo Law today by calling (905) 949-9433 and let us use our expertise to help you make the right decisions. We look forward to hearing from you.