The city of Meridian has lost its Idaho Supreme Court appeal over a protracted contract dispute with Petra arising out of the construction of the new city hall.
When city hall construction costs increased from $12.2 million to $21 million, the construction manager, Petra, billed the city for $376,808 in additional fees for the increased work on the project.
The city took Petra to district court in 2009, saying it should not have to pay the extra fees; the city also sought compensation for repair costs. The city lost; the district court ordered the city to pay Petra $324,808 in additional construction costs and nearly $1.87 million in legal fees and court costs.
The city appealed the district court's decision to the Idaho Supreme Court.
On Monday, the Supreme Court affirmed the district courts judgment and also awarded appeal attorney fees and costs to Petra.