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Siemens in McComb, MS – Federal Court to hear Meter Lawsuit

July 15th, 2014 by

McComb, Mississippi Enterprise-Journal’s headline from Oct. 21, 2011, “Federal Ccourt to hear Meter Lawsuit” still brings back bad memories from that towns dealings with Siemens.

McComb’s breach of contract lawsuit against Siemens Public Inc. was to be decided in U.S. Southern District Court after the case, initially filed in Circuit Court, was transferred.

The city’s prior board of mayor and selectmen approved a $4.5 million project with Siemens to install 6,900 automated water meters in January 2010. The meters were installed but not on time, and the city began having software problems related to water readings.

The suit sought a declaratory judgment that Siemens “materially and substantially” breached the contract, and the city owed no further debt to Siemens.

The suit alleged, Siemens missed five target dates, to provide a complete drive-by meter reading system, in addition to the target date for the fixed-base system. It also alleged that Siemens did not perform required tests and maintenance-related tasks for the meter-reading software.

“In breach of its duties, (Siemens) was reckless, negligent and careless in the discharge of its contract,” the suit reads. “The project will not in any way meet the requirements of the (city).”

The full report is available at the Enterprise-Journal.

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