Northeast Jackson developer Jesse Westbrook is encountering his share of legal troubles as he currently faces three lawsuits in Hinds County Circuit Court and County Court. The suits range from a simple collection effort to allegations of fraud and negligence.
Charles and Tiffany Francis sued Jesse Westbrook and his company, J.West Contractors, LLC on Febuary 11, 2015 for breach of contract, negligence and fraud. The complaint states the couple "entered into an agreement with JWC, to build a new home in Madison, Mississippi. There was no written contract for the construction of this home." The Francises state they agreed to a completion price of $540,000. They accused Mr. Westbrook of billing them for work that was not "performed" on their home. They also claim the builder "ordered materials and performed labor" that they did not request nor did he complete the job in a timely manner. The plaintiffs state they had to finish the construction of their home at their own expense. Judge Tomie Green presides over the case.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis also claim that he did not finish the job and abandoned the project. They charge
around October 2013, defendants knowingly sent invoices to the Francises for labor and materials which were subsequently used on other jobsites, including sites in Clinton, the Reunion subdivision of Madison County, and Hinds County, Mississippi, representing that said labor and materials were being used on the Francises' home. Defendants sent these invoices with actual or constructive knowledge of their falsity. In addition, JWC and Westbrook represented to the Francises that they were paying the invoices for all subcontractors, which was a false representation.
Defendant Jesse L. Westbrook used a "dummy" company, Wholesale Contractor's Supply, LLC, of which he was the sole member, to purchase supplies to sell to customers of his and of J.West Contractors, LLC at marked-up prices.....
Between June 2013 and January 2014, JWC and/or Westbrook billed the Francises for numerous labor and materials which were never installed in the Francises home. These included too many windows, too many doors, and too much lumbere. JWS and Westbrook intended to charge the Francises for the labor and materials which were never installed in the Francises' home.
The Francises seek actual and punitive damages. Mr. Westbrook responded on March 10 and denied all allegations. However, Leigh Anne Allen sued him as well on July 27, 2015 for gross negligence.
Ms. Allen hired Mr. Westbrook and his company to build a home on Brecon Drive. She claims that Mr. Westbrook invited her and told her to enter a second story balcony. She pulled a knob on the door. The knob "came loose, causing" her to fall backwards off the balcony and down to the ground below. She argues the defendants did not install a "proper rail or any rail, upon the balcony" from which she fell. She seeks actual, medical, and punitive damages. The lawsuits are posted below. Judge Kidd is presiding over her case.
American Express also sued Mr. Westbrook on May 19, 2015 for $72,990 and court costs.