Ray Bell Construction Co., Inc. v. State of Tennessee, et al.
Lower Court Summary:
This case concerns an alleged breach of contract involving the incentive clause of a Tennessee Department of Transportation (“TDOT”) road construction contract. Before the Claims Commission, TDOT argued that the contract language was clear in prohibiting an extension, alteration, or amendment of the incentive clause. The Claims Commission agreed with the position of Ray Bell Construction Company (“RBCC”) that it was entitled to a modification of the incentive provision. To so find, the Commission held that “a definite latent ambiguity exists for which parol evidence not only is admissible, but frankly, absolutely necessary in both understanding and deciding the issues in this case.” TDOT has appealed. We affirm the decision of the Claims Commission.