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Clark County Sues Over Courthouse Work

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Clark County has sued the project manager of the Regional Justice Center and the nearby Clark County Detention Center for alleged mismanagement that it says caused construction delays and cost overruns.

Clark County says Jacobs Engineering Group's is responsible for construction defects at the Regional Justice Center, which is home to four different court systems. The county also says delays cost it an additional $51 million to AF Construction after the county was forced to pay the contractor for the problems at the detention center.

The suit, filed in Clark County Court, claims Ken Adams, as project manager, lied about his education and credentials. It also says Jacobs Engineering knew Adams was underqualified.

Jacobs Engineering won the bid to build the courthouse in downtown Las Vegas in May 1997.

Clark County paid the firm about $18 million, $10 million for the Regional Justice Center, $5 million for the expansion of the county jail and $3 million to renovate the county's Department of Family Services building. The suit only focused on the RJC and the jail.

The lawsuit was filed by Kirk Lenhard with Jones Vargas.

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