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Chicago Public Building Commission settles RICO suit vs driller over treatment of subs for $1.35M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 23, 2017

The Chicago Public Building Commission, a city agency in charge of constructing and renovating Chicago’s city-owned buildings, has agreed to pay out about $1.35 million, including more than $300,000 to a Michigan-based water well driller, to settle a federal racketeering action brought by the driller who accused the CPBC and two contractors of withholding information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the site a new Chicago police station and then effectively putting the driller out of business by withholding payment.

Judge: Driller's RICO suit can continue vs Chicago Public Building Commission over treatment of subs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 13, 2016

A Michigan-based water driller will be allowed to continue its $2.4 million federal racketeering lawsuit against Chicago’s Public Building Commission and two contractors, after a federal judge said the driller has done enough to this point to back its assertions the CPBC and the contractors withheld information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the construction site for a new Chicago police station, and then subsequently withheld payment, driving the driller out of business while maxim

Water well driller hits Chicago Public Building Commission, contractors with RICO suit over treatment of subs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 18, 2015

A Michigan-based water driller has brought a $2.4 million federal racketeering suit against the City of Chicago’s Public Building Commission and contractors the CPBC used to build a new police station in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood, claiming the CPBC and contractors routinely conspire to hold down the city’s costs on public building projects, while maximizing profits for the lead contractors, by withholding payments due subcontractors, driving many out of business.

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