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City Of Joplin Wins $1.5 M Judgment Against Wallace Bajjali

The Missouri city sued the development firm, formerly headquartered in Sugar Land, in March for fraud and breach of contract.

Wallace Bajjali Development Partners sign

 

A Jasper County, Missouri judge has entered a $1.5 million dollar default judgment against Wallace Bajjali Development Partners.

Judge Gayle Crane granted the financial award Wednesday against the firm, formerly based in Sugar Land, after the firm didn’t reply to a lawsuit by the City of Joplin, Missouri and the Joplin Redevelopment Corporation within 30 days. The city and corporation had sued the firm, as well as managing partners David Wallace and Costa Bajjali, for breach of contract.

To read more background, here’s an in-depth look on The Rise and Fall of Wallace Bajjali:

Joplin hired Wallace Bajjali as a master developer, to help the city rebuild, following a devastating tornado strike in May 2011.

This January, the firm closed its office in Joplin, as well its Sugar Land headquarters, and both partners resigned.

The lawsuit against the two partners remains in effect, because attempts to serve them were unsuccessful.

News 88.7 was able to reach Costa Bajjali by phone. He declined to be interviewed, citing multiple pending lawsuits, although he did confirm he had not yet been served in the Joplin case.

David Wallace filed for bankruptcy in Houston federal court in March.

 

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