Pinnacle Entertainment sued over Louisiana work

Feb 4, 2013 6:40 PM

A Texas company that worked on the L’Auberge Baton Rouge, casino project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the owner, Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK) of Las Vegas, is suing the gambling company for non-payment.

Postel Industries Inc. of Livingston, Texas, charges it built the frame for the building but the payment money was either kept by Pinnacle or was used for other purposes. In addition to Pinnacle Entertainment, the suit includes company CEO Anthony Sanfilippo and senior vice president of construction Kirk England.

No reason was given why the company stopped paying the Texas builder, although Postel Industries says it fabricated the steel at its yard in Livingston and put up the frame under a $7.9 million contract.

A spokesperson for Pinnacle told The Advocate newspaper it did not comment on pending litigation.

Reportedly, Postel is one of several companies that have filed liens against L’Auberge Casino and Hotel over the past few months.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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