Honolulu taxpayers will cough up $3.6 million to settle two lawsuits brought by construction companies that installed a sewer pipe underneath the Ala Wai Canal.

The City Council approved the settlements with U.S. Composite Pipe South, LLC and Frank Coluccio Construction Co. during a special meeting Tuesday.

Frank Coluccio Construction Co. sued the city in 2013 after the company that provided the sewer line, U.S. Composite Pipe South LLC, sued Coluccio Co. for $3.6 million.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell pretends to push a contractor into the Ala Wai Canal during a press conference in 2013 announcing the removal of a faulty sewer pipe.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell pretends to push a contractor into the Ala Wai Canal during a press conference in 2013 announcing the removal of a faulty sewer pipe.

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Scott Batterman, the Honolulu attorney who is representing Coluccio, told Civil Beat in 2013 that the company believed the pipe was substandard and wanted to be absolved of any blame if it failed. The Seattle-based company was also seeking over $10 million for delays and damages.

“We’re not going to be the ones on the hook if it doesn’t perform,” Batterman said. “We told the city we’ll put it in but that we have issues with it.”

Attorneys representing the City & County of Honolulu did not immediately reply to a request for comment Wednesday.

To learn more about these complex lawsuits, click here to read Civil Beat’s previous coverage.

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