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Trial Results in Victory for DC Against Moving Company

Thursday, September 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a bench trial, a D.C. Superior Court judge has found for the District and rejected a claim by Roberson International Inc. for $766,519 for moving services, District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced today.  The Court ruled that plaintiff is not entitled to any recovery against the District.

The Roberson firm alleged that it had made an oral agreement with the former Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Office of Property Management in 2001, to provide moving services on an as-needed basis. The company claimed that the District failed to pay about 200 invoices in 2002 and 2003.

After hearing all of the evidence, Judge Todd Edelman concluded that Roberson had failed to prove that it provided moving services or that the District had received a benefit from any such services. The judge said that Roberson had failed to prove the reasonable value of services for which it demanded compensation under a claim of unjust enrichment.

Attorney General Nathan said, “We are pleased that the court has rejected these unwarranted claims for funds from the District’s treasury.” He commended Deputy Attorney General George Valentine, Section Chief Kimberly Johnson and the trial attorney, Assistant Attorney General Robert Dillard, for their work on the case.

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