Carolinas Associated General Contractors of Charlotte, N.C., one of the largest AGC chapters in the country, has filed a lawsuit against several parties, including Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, regarding the use of proprietary material taken from CAGC's website.

CAGC's Oct. 14 press release reads:

"Carolinas Associated General Contractors announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Goodrich Hendry LLC, Sharpe Images,
Inc., NextPlans, LLC and Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas alleging claims against the Defendants related to the unauthorized access and misappropriation of proprietary, compiled content from CAGC’s IBuild® website and other conduct. In this lawsuit, filed yesterday in the Superior Court, Mecklenburg County, CAGC alleges claims against the Defendants for unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and fraud, among others, and seeks compensatory damages and injunctive relief against the Defendants."

The press release quoted Cynthia Mills, president and CEO of the Carolinas AGC. “
CAGC is greatly troubled by the matters alleged in its complaint. CAGC is not litigious, but it takes these matters  seriously. The CAGC Board of Directors has determined it has no choice but to proceed with this lawsuit to protect CAGC’s members, its vital business interests, its ability to provide important services to the greater construction industry ... and its strong reputation.”

CAGC's iBuild website includes pre- and post-bid information on projects.

The ABC of the Carolinas responded with its own press release. In it, Doug Carlson, president and CEO of ABC of the Carolinas, states: “ABC is deeply troubled that CAGC is using the courts to attack an organization dedicated to the construction industry without so much as a phone call. ABC will use every means at its disposal to fight these baseless charges and preserve the interests of our membership.

“ABC is disappointed that CAGC hastily moved forward with litigation without fully vetting the allegations in this baseless lawsuit and without first reaching out to the ABC,” Carlson further stated in the release.

Southeast Construction has contacted both parties, but neither has offered further comment.