Lawsuit against engineering firm moves forward

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Posted: Aug 5, 2014 8:16 AM

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LIVINGSTON - A state judge has ruled a lawsuit between the Livingston Parish Council and its former road engineering firm will move forward to trial without Parish President Layton Ricks becoming a party in the case.

Judge Elizabeth Wolfe ruled Monday that while Ricks almost certainly will have to testify at trial, the office of parish president in signing the engineering contract was only performing a duty the Parish Council had ordered.

The council is seeking repayment of $312,000 of a $453,000 check Ricks wrote to Alvin Fairburn & Associates after he took office. Ricks worked at the Fairburn firm before being elected parish president.

The council claims Fairburn performed unauthorized work and overbilled for the work on the parish's 2010 road overlay program. Fairburn has denied the claims.

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