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Construction dispute scheduled for third trial

A long running court battle over claims of race discrimination and breach of contract in a Danville public construction project is headed for a third trial in the wake of a hung jury last month.

The case of Carnell Construction and its claim of mistreatment by the Danville housing authority brought a $3.17-million jury verdict last April, but a federal judge concluded company representatives lied on the witness stand about potential losses. The judge set aside the award and ordered a new trial.

That second trial came to naught Feb. 27 when the jury announced it had reached a “stalemate.”

Judge Glen Conrad has set a new trial for July 30 in Danville federal court, with separate sessions for liability and damages.

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