VSI Sales, LLC v. Griffin Sign, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57620 (D. Del. Apr. 25, 2014).
The Delaware Department of Transportation awarded a contract for a highway construction project. Defendant Griffin Sign, Inc. (“Griffin”) was hired as the subcontractor responsible for installation of road signage on the project. Griffin then subcontracted with Plaintiff VSI Sales, LLC (“VSI”) for the supply of overhead highway sign structures, accompanying hardware, and installation materials.
A dispute arose regarding VSI’s right to payment for work performed on the project. Griffin disputed that it owed VSI payment and contended that VSI’s performance was untimely and deficient. In its seven count complaint against Griffin and its payment bond surety, VSI asserted a claim for violation of the Delaware Construction Prompt Payment Act, Del. C. §§ 3501-3509. The defendants sought to dismiss the Payment Act claim on the basis that the work performed by Griffin and VSI—the supply and installation of highway signs—was outside the scope of the Act.