The DYOJO Podcast introduced a series of episodes covering the lawsuit between Robert Jordan (RJ) Construction and the Arlington Independent School District (AISD). According to RJC they brought suit for underpayment of a 2021 emergency response at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas following the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri. We are diving into the court documents and internet content to draw out the lessons contractors can learn from this unfortunate experience. Is this an example of a contractor behaving badly?
Whether contractors "chase storms" by responding to national catastrophes such as the devastation left by Hurricane Ian, or provide aid during a regional events such as the one we are talking about in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri (2021), or are simply working on projects where there are multiple representatives involved in the decision-making matrix, there are lessons to be learned from this unfortunate story. The DYOJO team has poured over the available court documents and a key component of this case centers around what constitutes a contractual agreement.
As our guest Bebo Crain puts it, "It's hard to drive from the backseat after the ride is over." With the benefit of hindsight, many contractors listening to the show will likely conclude that there are several ways in which this situation could have been avoided or better resolved, yet, we don't have all the facts and we weren't there when they were unfolding in real time. As a twenty-plus year skilled trades professional, I have to admit, there are many of the mistakes made in this story that I have committed myself. Two of the key ones being what Mr. Jordan says, "I thought (enter client name) could be trusted." as well as believing that a series of emails would hold up as confirmation of an agreement.
Robert Jordan says that his company sprung into action, received letters of thanks for their services, but have yet to be paid for their work. According to RJC the school district is using sovereign immunity to say, "Screw you, we don't owe you a penny because we are the government." Many in our audience will resonate with the frustration of having performed the scope of work agreed-upon for the price agreed-upon only to find they are in some level of negotiation with a client, third-party consultants, insurance representatives, or another person in a position of authority, after the work has been completed.
Contractors will resonate with the frustration of having performed the scope of work agreed-upon for the price agreed-upon only to find they are in some level of negotiation after the work has been completed.
Topics to be addressed in this series inculde:
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SOCKTember fits well into the fall plans for those participating in Restoring Kindness as a means of team building as well as community involvement. Keep your eyes and ears open as The DYOJO and C&R Magazine will continue to share the plans for SOCKTember 2023.
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2022 SOCKTember Champions
The winning team this year joined the competition in 2021 and raised a total of 36 pairs of NEW socks. This year, their team returned to the competition with their eyes on the prize and were able to raise a current record of 11,160 pairs of NEW socks. The team behind the Laval office of On Side Restoration are the 2022 SOCKTember Champions! Their record-breaking efforts bring the total quantity of NEW socks raised and donated to local charitable organizations throughout the United States and Canada to 57,791.
The Top 5 Sock-Raising Teams of 2022
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An unexpected winter vortex rips through Arlington, Texas in February 2021 causing incredible damage throughout the South. Contractor Erick Hernandez who works in the Houston area notes that in the days prior everything seemed normal. Like many Texans, Erick was scrambling to save his home from the effects of freezing conditions and widespread lack of power.
Catastrophe Damage Response
RJ Construction (RJC), a local contractor, hears of damage sustained at Sam Houston High School. According to owner Robert Jordan, "My company sprung into action. Over the course of days, near round-the-clock work, Sam Houston was dried in and dehumidifier." Even though RJC says that certain school officials guaranteed that they would get the company paid and thanked them for their work, Jordan says that they have not been paid for their invoice totaling over $1.2 million dollars.
It's hard to drive from the backseat after the ride is over." - Bebo Crain
Contractors Suing For Payment
RJC has sued the Arlington Independent School District (AISD). So, I invited Bebo Crain (Jonesboro, AR) to review the court documents with me so that we can extract as many lessons to help contractors shorten their DANG learning curve as possible. As Bebo says, "It's hard to drive from the backseat after the ride is over," but we will do our best to share the many lessons that can be learned from this case.
This upcoming series of episodes on The DYOJO Podcast will reveal information that will help contractors respond to everyday insurance claims, regional damage events (such as Winter Storm Uri from 2021), and catastrophe responses (such as Hurricane Ian in 2022).
IN THIS EPISODE:
0:00 Episode 92
1:50 Customer used contractors estimate to hire someone cheaper
3:20 A new series - RJC vs. AISD
5:55 RJC's YouTube video received over 33,000 views
9:06 Winter Storm Uri timeline
12:04 Input from Houston contractor Erick Hernandez
15:13 "It's hard to drive from the backseat after the ride is over" - Bebo Crain
18:05 Breaking down the response with Bebo
22:51 Questions about insurance coverage during storm response
Thursdays are for The DYOJO Podcast - helping contractors shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development.
If you are one of the 33,000 plus viewers of a video from a contractor in Arlington Texas released in September of 2021, you may already have an opinion about the situation we are going to discuss in this article and upcoming episodes of The DYOJO Podcast. We would like to invite you to dig into a water damage emergency project that descended to litigation to unearth lessons that will help contractors shorten their DANG learning curve.
READ MORE in the Cleaning and Restoration Magazine (C&R) Article
Subscribe and listen to upcoming episodes of The DYOJO Podcast on lessons learned from RJC vs. AISD following a 2021 winter storm response at Sam Houston High School.
It should not be a surprise that responding to a catastrophic loss is not the same as getting paid for rendering services. While many look at our industry and think there is ‘easy money’ to be made, there is no such thing as easy money in general, especially when working with insurance companies and handling catastrophic events. Contractors who want to ensure they get paid for the good work that they do will want to tune in for the story we are about to tell on The DYOJO Podcast.
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Watch the introduction video for The DYOJO Podcast series reviewing the RJC vs. AISD case from Winter Storm Uri (2021)
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