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Settlement in Douglas paving company lawsuits reaches $120,000

Special to SEGAZINE

The Georgia Department of Transportation has reached a settlement in lawsuits filed by a south Georgia paving company.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday  that a $120,000 settlement was recently reached with Douglas Asphalt, which had claimed the department used faulty tests to discredit his work, cancel his paving contract and put the company out of business. The settlement is pending approval by a federal court judge overseeing the company’s bankruptcy.

The state had argued the company’s work was shoddy and it was justified in firing the company.

The newspaper says the lawsuits have dragged on for nearly a decade and have cost the state more than $6 million in legal fees. The newspaper says attorneys for the company had initially sought $10 million.

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