Target Corp.’s refurbished parking lots may have been paved with dishonesty. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Minneapolis, the retail company accused a contractor, LCH Pavement Consultants, of racketeering. Target hired LCH in 2009 to handle $100 million in maintenance on parking lots at its stores across the U.S.
Target alleges that LCH conspired with other paving contractors in California, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin (which are also defendants in this suit) and that together, they fixed and inflated prices, rigged bids and dispensed kickbacks. The lawsuit also claims that LCH would often overstate the amount of work that needed to be done, and would distribute work regionally to its co-conspirators.