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Morin Building Products Co. v. Baystone Construction, Inc.
Citation:United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1983. 717 F.2d 413.
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Morin Building Products Co. (Plaintiff) was hired by Baystone Construction, Inc. (Defendant) to complete aluminum walls for General Motor’s (GM) Chevrolet factory in Indiana. Defendant had been hired by GM to build a new addition to the factory. Plaintiff was to build the walls using “mill-finish” aluminum, which is a grade of aluminum characterized by its uneven appearance. The contract between the parties also included a provision giving GM’s agent final approval over all work relating to the addition. Plaintiff completed the walls, but GM’s agent rejected them based on their uneven appearance. Defendant hired another contractor to replace the walls, and refused to pay plaintiff the remaining balance due under the contract.
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