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BEARING CONSTRUCTION INC. v. AERONAUTICA WINDPOWER, LLC et al

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Case Number: 
1:15-cv-03781 Search Pacer
ACE Group party(s): 
Opposing Party: 
Bearing Construction Inc.
Court Type: 
Federal
US District Court: 
District of Maryland
Date Filed: 
Dec 11 2015

COMPLAINT

COMES NOW plaintiff BEARING CONSTRUCTION INC. and submits its Complaint
against defendants AERONAUTICA WINDPOWER, LLC and WESTCHESTER FIRE
INSURANCE COMPANY for breach of contract, stating as follows:

  1. Plaintiff Bearing Construction Inc. (hereinafter, “Bearing”) is a corporation organized
    under the laws of the State of Maryland having its principal place of business at 805 Shine Smith
    Road, Sudlersville, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland 21668.
  2. Defendant Aeronautica Windpower, LLC ("Aeronautica”) is a limited liability
    company organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts having its principal
    place of business at 11 Resnick Road. Plymouth. Massachusetts 02360. Aeronautica is not
    registered to do business in Maryland, but Aeronautica regularly and presently does business in
    Maryland, including among other business the business which is the subject of this Complaint.
    Aeronautica is subject to the personal jurisdiction of this Court.
  3. Defendant Westchester Fire Insurance Company (“Westchester” or "the surety”) is a
    corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania having its principal
    place of business at 436 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. Westchester is
    registered to do business in Maryland, and regularly and presently does business in Maryland,
    including among other business the business which is the subject of this Complaint. Westchester
    is subject to the personal jurisdiction of this Court.
  4. The Court’s jurisdiction is based upon 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a), there being diversity of
    citizenship between plaintiff and the defendants and an amount in controversy in excess of
    $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs.
  5. On or about June 13, 2013, Bearing entered into a written contract (“the Prime
    Contract”) with the City of Crisfield, Maryland for the construction of the “Crisfield Wind
    Energy Project” (“the Project”). A copy of the Prime Contract in pertinent part is attached hereto
    as Exhibit A. The Contract Documents of the Prime Contract included General Conditions,

specifications, drawings and other documents.

  1. On or about August 30, 2013, Bearing entered into a written contract (“the
    Subcontract”) with Aeronautica for Aeronautica to supply to Bearing in strict accordance with
    the Contract Documents certain equipment and materials comprising a wind turbine that was
    required for the Project. A copy of the Subcontract in pertinent part is attached hereto as Exhibit
    B.
  2. The Subcontract required Aeronautica among other requirements to provide Bearing
    with a Supply Bond (“the Supply Bond”) for the full amount of the subcontract price, naming
    Bearing as the bond’s beneficiary. Aeronautica provided a bond whereby Westchester
    undertook, to the extent of the amount of the bond, to act as surety for Aeronautica’s
    performance of the Subcontract. A copy of the Supply Bond is attached hereto as Exhibit C.
  3. By incorporation into the Subcontract, the Contract Documents required Aeronautica
    to complete its work in time for Bearing to achieve completion of the entire Project within 365
    calendar days after the Owner’s issuance of a notice to proceed. The notice to proceed was
    issued in December 2014, and the required date of completion was established as December 31,

2014.

  1. Aeronautica delivered one component of the wind turbine, the tower, to the jobsite in
    Crisfield. Maryland on October 24, 2014.
  2. The City of Crisfield granted an extension of time for completion of the Prime
    Contract through May 22, 2015 by means of Contract Change Order No. 2 dated February 18,
  1. A copy of the change order is attached hereto as Exhibit D.
  1. Aeronautica failed to deliver the components (other than the tower mentioned above
    in paragraph 9) timely. Bearing made repeated demands upon Aeronautica for performance and
    issued repeated requests for information about Aeronautica's efforts to achieve completion.

Aeronautica failed to provide most of the requested information but issued repeated assurances
of completion by various dates.

  1. Aeronautica failed to meet every one of the dates of completion that it promised over
    time. As of the date of filing of this Complaint, Aeronautica still has failed to deliver the
    components other than the tower.

Count One: Breach of Contract

  1. The foregoing allegations of paragraphs 1 through 12 of this Complaint are
    incorporated into this Count One as if fully set forth herein.
  2. Aeronautical failure to meet the date of completion required by the Subcontract is a
    breach of the Subcontract and has caused and will cause Bearing damages in excess of
    $120,000.00.

WHEREFORE, plaintiff Bearing Construction Inc. requests that the Court enter judgment
in its favor and against defendant Aeronautica Windpower, LLC in such amount of damages as
shall be shown at trial, and not less than $120,000.00. Plaintiff further requests that the Court
award it the costs of this action and a reasonable fee for its attorney.

Count Two

  1. The foregoing allegations of paragraphs 1 through 14 of this Complaint are
    incorporated into this Count Two as if fully set forth herein.
  2. On September 28, 2015, Bearing (by counsel) addressed a letter to Aeronautica and
    Westchester declaring Aeronautica to be in default of its Subcontract and calling upon
    Aeronautica and the surety to provide information and documentation of Aeronautica’s efforts

and capability to cure the default. On November 4, 2015, having received no satisfactory
response from Aeronautica or its surety, Bearing (by counsel) addressed a letter to Aeronautica
and Westchester calling upon those parties to bring the project to the soonest possible

completion, warning of those parties’ liability for damages for breach of the Subcontract and the

Supply Bond, and reiterating the request for information and documents set forth in its letter
dated September 28, 2015. Copies of these letters are attached hereto as Exhibit E.

  1. The Supply Bond provided, inter alia, that action upon the bond must be brought and
    process served upon the surety prior to the expiration of one year from the date fixed in the
    Subcontract for the completion thereof, i.e., prior to December 31, 2015. This action will be
    filed and served timely.
  2. Westchester’s failure to compensate Bearing for its damages incurred as the result of
    Aeronautica’s default is a breach of the Supply Bond and has caused and has caused and will
    cause Bearing damages in excess of $120,000.00.
     
   
   



WHEREFORE, plaintiff Bearing Construction Inc. requests that the Court enter judgment
in its favor and against defendant Westchester Fire Insurance Company in such amount of
damages as shall be shown at trial, and not less than $120,000.00. Plaintiff further requests that
the Court award it the costs of this action and a reasonable fee for its attorney.

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