Heat’s Bosch Said to Stiff Interior Designer

     (CN) – The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh stiffed an interior design company for more than $2 million for services rendered at his off-season home in Texas, the company claims in court.
     In a complaint filed in the federal court in Miami, MJB Design Group Inc. claims that Chris Bosh and his wife, Adrienne Bosh, hired it to select designs and oversee other details related to an interior renovation of their Texas property.
     MJB Design Group says the Boshes agreed to pay it for all the services and materials provided during the remodeling process, and to cover any fees related to its work.
     Bosh, who has been in the NBA for 13 years, was diagnosed with blood clots in 2015, and has been sidelined ever since.
     On Friday, the Miami Heat’s doctors said they are unable to clear him to play during the upcoming 2016-2017 season.
     According to the Sept. 20 complaint, Bosh and his wife own real estate in California, Texas and Florida.
     After being contracted to work on the Texas home, MJB says its services were also retained to provide similar services at the couple’s Miami home.
     MJB Design Group claims the Boshes failed to make prompt selections of materials related to the construction of the Texas house causing the builder, Windrush Custom Homes Inc., to allege default for construction delays.
     “In an attempt to resolve the alleged construction delays, the Boshes and Windrush decided hiring a Miami-based interior design company would be more convenient for the Boshes and facilitate the selection process,” the complaint says.
     MJB says that the Boshes contracted its services on January 2015, and that they wanted to complete the construction of the Texas property on or before May 1, 2016.
     The complaint alleges that on November 24, 2015, and again on March 28, 2016, the Dallas Morning News published stories stating that Hillwood Communities had purchased two expanses 400 and 244 acres, respectively in the Colin County town of Celina, near the Boshes’ property.
     The developer planned to construct a luxury home community on the adjoining sites.
     The complaint says because of the project, “a six-lane highway will be constructed through the Boshes’ property to control traffic to and from the neighboring communities,” and that their property may be subject to eminent domain proceedings to accommodate the new highway.
     “The Boshes knew or should have know that this new development and six-lane highway would negatively impact the Property’s monetary value based on the lower median home values and impact of potential eminent domain proceedings,” the complaint says.
     MJB claims that between December 2015 and February 2016, Windrush sent the Boshes two letters of default alleging that the construction of the property had not been completed due to their unreasonable delays.
     The Boshes denied being in default, and claimed Windrush vacated the on-site field office and that its notices of default were a “smokescreen” created to purport a breach of the contract to collect liquidated damages under the “construction agreement,” the complaint says.
     MJB says on July 8, 2016, the Boshes claimed Windrush had taken control of more than $7 million destined for the construction of their house.
     However during a project meeting on August 3, 2016, Windrush said the Boshes were out of money for the project, and that they had not received payments for over 18 months.
     MJB claims that due to the alleged defaults and disagreements between the Boshes and Windrush, it expended substantial time and resources during meetings revising timelines for selections.
     After providing the Boshes with all requested invoices for the services provided, MJB says that they refused to pay the amounts due, and directed it to cease its interior design services for their house in Texas.
     The complaint says during one meeting with the couple, on Aug. 11, 2016, “the Boshes notified MJB that the project was draining money, no longer a priority, and that the constant stress and problems associated therewith were negatively affecting C. Bosh’s overall health.”
     Then on August 30, Adrienne Bosh posted on her Instagram and Twitter accounts a picture of renovation work in their Malibu’s property done by another interior design company, the complaint says,
     MJB claims the Boshes and their legal counsel, Lawrence Barbara, interfered with their business relationships.
     The company seeks compensatory damages on claims of breach of agreements, unjust enrichment, fraud in the inducement and negligent misrepresentation.
     It is represented by Andrew Roth in Miami Beach.
     The Boshes and their assistants did not respond to an email request for comment on the pending litigation.
     

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