What a day.
I just got done meeting with my lawyer. We attended what is likely the very last arbitration meeting. The next court date in front of the judge is March 1st.
I will try and break this down.
My lawyer believes we have a very liberal judge. That being said. My lawyer feels we may not get everything we want. Especially because we won the law suit on a technicality.
Also. Even if we do get everything we want. He believes we could still be chasing these guy's for years to get payment. This would be at additional cost, and time to me. It would also mean that I go many more years without having a garage.
My lawyer said his job is to get me my garage foundation, so I can move on with my garage build and life.
A proposed settlement is this.
Subject to agreement of all parties, and a meeting with the new contractor and building inspector.
I agree to have the new foundation be made by the new company that the other side has contracted. They are bonded and insured. I pay ZERO dollars for this new foundation. The garage foundation is made to the letter of the law, inspected at every step by the city building inspector, and to the letter of the original contract.
To be clear.
A spread footing 26' X 24', with a 6 inch steel reinforced floor, 2 courses of block above the grade of the floor, and a 25' X 20' 4 inch pad partial drive way installed. All to the letter of Michigan State building code, and inspected by the building inspector.
$10,000.00 USD To cover 90% of my legal fee's, and costs to date.
I have to contact the new contractor, and set up a meeting with them, me, and the building inspector. Then report back to my lawyer.
I have no idea who this new company is. I can't find much info about them. Except they have been in business since 2006. They have no websites, or FB page that I can find. I don't trust this.
This new contractor has been in constant contact with both lawyers, and arbitrators. I am told they are bonded, licensed, and insured. They will have to prove that when and if THEY pull a building permit. Supposedly they met with the city inspector and reviewed what is required with the new foundation.
I called them today and left a message at 1 pm.
The last thing I discussed with my lawyer was this. If at any time we find out the new contractor is sub par. NO DEAL. We will reject the entire proposed settlement.
Stressful. I need a nap.
Joe in Detroit
1969 Mustang Sports Roof (SAG = Sports Appearance Group) 1 of only 5,729
1966 Ranchero Custom 1 of only 11,000 made. (For Sale)
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"It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
I had the radio on, I was drivin'
Trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
I was flyin'"
Tom Petty, Runnin Down A Dream.
Last edited by 1969sag; 02-14-2019 at 01:44 PM.