Motion to Dismiss Granted on All of Bonding Company’s Claims against Auditor
John Bunyan, John Rogers and Joe Kingma prevailed on a construction bonding company’s claims against an audit firm in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Georgia. The paving company that provided the asphalt for most of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s road building projects failed and left the bonding company on the hook for dozens of incomplete projects. The bonding company claimed it relied on the defendant’s audit reports in issuing the bonds. Prior to issuing the bonds, the Plaintiff reviewed the Defendant’s audited financial statements and attended meetings to evaluate the asphalt company’s ability to perform. Carlock Copeland filed a motion to dismiss under Twombly and Iqbal, arguing that the Plaintiff never stated what was inaccurate in the audited financial statements or how the Defendant breached the standard of care in its audit. On January 25, 2011, the Court granted the motion and dismissed the complaint in its entirety.This result may be appealed, so stay tuned for further results.