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Richland contractor sues, claims he was made a scapegoat

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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 2:50 p.m.

A Richland contractor claims in a lawsuit moved to federal court Thursday that the city and one of its building inspectors made him the scapegoat after a Sheraden house was mistakenly demolished.

John Deller, president of P.J. Deller Inc. and Deller Professional Services Inc., claims the city has yet to pay him the $4,900 owed for the 2011 demolition of 3224 Motor St. and has also refused to award him any new contracts. Deller contends the city failed to tell him that the demolition had been suspended.

Deller originally sued the city and acting building inspection chief John Jennings in Allegheny County Common Pleas in November. The city moved the case to federal court because Deller claims that barring him from city contracts violates his constitutionally guaranteed due process rights.

City solicitor Dan Regan couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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