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Wal-Mart files suit over retaining wall built at Sixth and Wakarusa store

August 3, 2011


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging a Minnesota-based company was negligent in supervising construction of a retaining wall on property of the Lawrence store near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

According to the suit filed Monday and assigned to U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kan., Wal-Mart alleges New Technology Resources Inc., doing business as Millenia Wall Solutions, provided retaining wall and construction supervision services for the wall in 2008 while the store was being built.

The suit alleges the wall was defectively constructed and failed, necessitating Wal-Mart to demolish it and rebuild it at a cost of more than $75,000. Wal-Mart is seeking monetary damages from the demolition and reconstruction of the wall. In a February 2009 letter from Millenia Wall Solutions that was attached to the suit, the company said it believed the retaining wall “should perform as expected” once a fence that was placed against a portion of the wall was removed.

The store at 550 Congressional Drive in northwestern Lawrence opened in April 2009.

A man who answered the phone Wednesday at a number listed for the Minneapolis-based company said the company had been out of business “for quite some time.”


boxers_or_briefs 6 years, 9 months ago

Are they going to sue about the fake window that has fallen off on the west side too?

overthemoon 6 years, 9 months ago

When you hire contractors on the walmart principle, low price over quality, you get what you pay for. I"m guessing they got a bunch of bids and this company's estimates were way below the next lowest bidder and they hired 'em on the spot.

gsxr600 6 years, 9 months ago

A contract is a contract. The lowest bidder that promises to fulfill explicit contractual needs wins. They failed, they get sued. Herp derp.

EarthaKitt 6 years, 9 months ago

The whole place is going to look (more) awful in about five years -- store maintenance falls off, landscaping dies, parking lot deteriorates -- and then we'll have blighted big box stores on two corners of town!

smot 6 years, 9 months ago

I opened up this article fulling expecting to see the usual bashing of Wal Mart which occurs everytime this company is mentioned in the LJW. You folks never cease to meet my expectations. If only you put as much time into making a successful business yourselves as you put into attacking Wal Mart at every opportunity. Wla Mart experienced shoddy construction of a retaining wall performed in the construction of their all make it sound as if this only happens at discount retailers....this is simply not the case.

gatekeeper 6 years, 9 months ago

Wal Mart does suck and they deserve to be bashed. Here's a beautiful example for you. My elderly mother (who has terrible arthritis and has a very hard time getting around) went to have a prescription filled. This prescription wasn't covered by insurance and should have just been immediately filled. My mother told them this. They made her wait over two hours, ignorant and claiming that they had to contact her doctor (he's out of town) and her insurance. No one would tell my mom why she was having to wait while the pharmacy is waiting for a doctor who isn't even in the office to call them back. My mother had to have a major hissy fit to get anyone to explain what they were doing.

I don't think I've ever gone to a Wal Mart and saw happy employees and got good service.

1southernjayhawk 6 years, 9 months ago

Well, since we don't have the other side of the story and really don't know the details or whys or wherefors, the story just doesn't carry any weight for me.

overthemoon 6 years, 9 months ago

Walmart is largely responsible for aggressively killing the local and mom and pop stores that used to be the fabric of small (and large) town America. You know, main street. The oft referred to pinnacle of the American dream. The 'real America'. The hardworkin' patriots. And those folks who defend Walmart carry signs at their Tea Parties crying for 'their country back' ain't the government that took it away, folks.

smot 6 years, 9 months ago

Crying about big corporations ruining American lives....never heard that one before. What we need is more stimulus money and more entitlement programs from the federal government to really get this economy going again and restoring the American dream. Our grandparents knew that betterment of their lives was dependent on their efforts...our generation has decided that complaining about everything and pointing the finger at Wal Mart will somehow fulfill our dreams. If you hate the service Wal Mart supplies.....don't go there....they will soon go out of business just like the mom and pop stores.

overthemoon 6 years, 9 months ago

Agree. We do need more stimulus money and to keep the social contracts we have made. (they ain't entitlements) My grandparents, and my parents, lived through the Great Depression and saw first hand the efforts and success of the WPA and CCC programs. They were very proud of our country for pulling together and creating good projects across the country and giving the destitute an opportunity to feed their children, build job skills and get on with their lives. And they kept that community spirit when WWII came around. No one was thinking only of themselves.

If you don't understand the broad reaching effect of Walmart and other large, power hungry corporations, you will be mightily surprised when your efforts to improve your lot in life are destroyed by the corporations you support.

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

1 I don't go to Walmart #2 If you don't know Walmart has caused more companys to move manufacturing over sea's for cheap labor that has done away with more American jobs than any other company. #3 They tell the companys what there going to pay and force this because know ones got the B---S to stand up to them.

4 Mr. walton built his company on buy American and his kids because of greed for the all mighty dollar have done nothing but kill the American way of life as He new it.

Jimo 6 years, 9 months ago

Well ... because other successful businesses don't get to (A) dump the consequences of their 'making millions but can't provide decent health coverage' policy on to the taxpayers, and (B) discriminate against millions of women in hiring and promotion without legal consequence.

Gee, how many unemployed persons in a no-Walmart world would just be small business owners surviving a tight economic year instead of collecting unemployment benefits?

Yep, quite a successful business.

imastinker 6 years, 9 months ago

Notice the word Negligent. They hired a low bidder from Minnesota and they are now suing the guy for his personal assets because his company is closed down. There are local companies that would have been happy to do this and are still in business.

lunacydetector 6 years, 9 months ago

why were they required to have such a massive retaining wall in the first place? someone mentioned a fake window falling off. why were they required to have a giant fake window in the first place? lawrence kansas, that's why.

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

Their going to have to start getting their buildings built in China like evrything else.

Jimo 6 years, 9 months ago

"A man who answered the phone Wednesday at a number listed for the Minneapolis-based company said the company had been out of business “for quite some time.”'

A. You get what you pay for. B. Why Minneapolis? Were there no Kansas companies who could build a wall?

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

A. You get what you pay for ( So if you want it to last tell you get it home don't buy from China Or Walmart ) Its not Sams Walmart anymore.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 9 months ago

lunacy, obvious you've never read the building codes.

And yes, Wally world wants it all done on the cheap, hence 70% chinese inventory and out of state low bid contractors. Sometimes you get what you pay for and sure seems like Walmart could have avoided it even with the questionable outfit, if they had a decent project manager on sight, familiar with code and empowered to hold the contractor accountable or fire them.

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

People bitch because theres no jobs In the U.S. then jump in their car and run to Wally world and buy 70% Chinese JUNK so if you want a job go to China are don't buy at Wally worldt tell they go back to Sams American Made way of doing things.

jesse499 6 years, 9 months ago

Sort of fitting that the shoes on the other foot so to speak maybe they can take the JUNK they bought to Customer Service.

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