GONZALEZ v. Mitrani Plasterers Co., Inc., Defendant.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Jorge GONZALEZ, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. D&S ZAFFUTO JOINT VENTURE, et al., Defendants-Respondents, Mitrani Plasterers Co., Inc., Defendant.

Decided: April 25, 2000

WILLIAMS, J.P., MAZZARELLI, RUBIN, BUCKLEY and FRIEDMAN, JJ. Michael E. Greene, for Plaintiffs-Appellants. Gerard Romski, for Defendants-Respondents.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (George Friedman, J.), entered March 3, 1998, which, insofar as appealed from as limited by the briefs, denied plaintiffs laborers' motion for class certification, and granted defendants employers' and surety's cross motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiffs' causes of action to recover Federal prevailing wages on theories of breach of contract and quantum meruit, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

 Plaintiffs' claim for breach of contract was properly rejected on the ground that no private right of action exists to enforce contracts requiring payment of Federal Davis-Bacon Act (40 USC § 276a et seq.) prevailing wages (Grochowski v. Ajet Constr. Corp., 97 Civ. 6269, 1999 WL 688450, *3, 1999 U.S. Dist LEXIS 13473, *10-11 [S.D.N.Y., Sept. 2, 1999], citing, inter alia, Majstrovic v. Maric Piping, 171 Misc.2d 429, 655 N.Y.S.2d 285).   Plaintiffs' claim for quantum meruit was properly rejected as an indirect attempt to privately enforce the Federal prevailing wage schedules (see, Majstrovic v. Maric Piping, id., at 433-434, 655 N.Y.S.2d 285).   We have considered plaintiffs' other arguments and find them unavailing.