The Daily Iowan

Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

A jury ordered the University of Iowa to pay more than $2 million to a Des Moines construction firm over a contract dispute surrounding the football practice facility. The UI plans to appeal the ruling.

The+Old+Capitol+building
Back to Article
Back to Article

Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

The Old Capitol building

The Old Capitol building

Wyatt Dlouhy

The Old Capitol building

Wyatt Dlouhy

Wyatt Dlouhy

The Old Capitol building

Kate Pixley, News Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






A jury on Feb. 25 ruled in favor of a construction group and ordered the University of Iowa to pay more than $2 million plus interest in restitution over a nearly six-year-long construction dispute.

Jeffrey Stone, the lawyer for Des Moines construction group A&P Samuels, alleged in court documents that the UI and the state Board of Regents neglected to pay the company for services rendered on a football practice facility on Iowa City’s West Side.

“Iowa wrongfully and in violation of state laws continued to ‘withhold retainage’ throughout 2018,” the documents said.

Both the UI and Samuels cited judicial precedents in contract law in an attempt to prove their case.

RELATED: UI, Modern Piping in court over Hancher and Stead Family Children’s Hospital projects

Samuels filed a request for the UI to pay the jury-ordered sum of $2.26 million. The request has not been fulfilled.

The UI and the regents requested a new trial, stating they would appeal because of alleged errors in the first trial.

The UI alleged the jury was swayed to prejudice by Samuels against the UI because of Samuels’ claim that the dispute drove it out of business, according to court documents.

According to court documents, the UI requested a stay to halt further legal proceedings, arguing that immediate repayment is not in the state’s best interest because of the UI and the regents are public institutions.

The conflicts between the UI, the regents, and various construction groups over the fulfillment of construction contracts are ongoing.

The UI and Samuels decision comes several months after a different case involving the UI and Cedar Rapids construction company Modern Piping. The case stemmed from a dispute over how much the UI owed Modern Piping for construction on the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the new Hancher.

Comments

comments

Navigate Left
  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Campus

    TaJuan Wilson named third candidate for associate VP for diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Campus

    Activist, pediatrician visited the UI to address the Flint public health disaster

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Latest News

    New postpartum depression medication approved by the FDA

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Campus

    Political Science professor among most cited in her field

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Campus

    Black Catholic Education: UI prof tells the story of an often-forgotten history

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Campus

    UI discusses support, retention of rural students on campus

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Johnson County

    Multimillion dollar Johnson County trail projects near completion

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Crime/Courts

    Blotter: March 25

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Campus

    UI religious-studies professor assists in History Channel docu-series ‘Jesus: His Life’

  • Jury orders UI to pay $2 million to A&P Samuels over a contract dispute

    Multimedia

    DITV Newscast: March 25, 2019

Navigate Right