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Electrical Contractor Sues Y&R

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NEW YORK An electrical contractor that worked on Young & Rubicam's midtown New York headquarters for four years has accused the WPP Group shop of breach of contract and fraud in a lawsuit that seeks $3.1 million in monetary and punitive damages, according to court papers.

The suit, which was filed last month in state Supreme Court in New York, charges that Y&R did not pay Shorr Electrical Contracting of Queens, N.Y., for maintenance and installation projects completed between 1999 and 2003. Shorr submitted 17 invoices totaling $37,105 during that period, said Greg Danenberg, the New York attorney who filed the suit.

The breach of contract allegation refers to Shorr's claim of nonpayment and the fraud allegation stems from promises of payment that Shorr claims Y&R made but knew to be false, Danenberg said.

Y&R referred questions to its law firm, Davis & Gilbert in New York, which declined comment. Legally, the shop's lawyers have at least another week to respond in court, depending on when the legal papers were served. Danenberg said Y&R was served around May 20.