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Dawn Phipps v. East Coast Contracting Inc. and Wilmer N. Ricks and Gwen Frost
Plaintiff hired East Coast Contractors through Wilmer N. Ricks, whom she believed to be the firm’s agent to repair damage to her home in the 9300 block of Kendrick Road following a fire in June of 2008. The contract was executed in the name of East Coast Contractors. The plaintiff believed the defendant to be a licensed contractor. Unknown to the plaintiff, Rick’s license had been suspended in 2005 by the Virginia Board of Contractors and he did not represent East Coast Contractors, but East Coast Contracting. Plaintiff alleges that the defendant did not obtain the required building permits or required inspections. The plaintiff paid the defendant $27,697.53. The work began in June but was incomplete and of poor quality. Plaintiff gave defendant $5,000 to complete the work. Plaintiff alleges defendant did not return to the site. Plaintiff dismissed the defendant in October when she discovered he was not a licensed contractor. In late October or early November, the other defendant, Frost, contacted the plaintiff and demanded payment. Frost had a lien against the plaintiff. In February 2009, Chesterfield County District Court dismissed a warrant in debt against the plaintiff filed by Frost. Plaintiff is seeking over $696,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
Law Firm: Larry D. Catlett
Filed: 9/24/2010 CL10002655