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"ER" Doc Sues; Claims Contractor Nailed Him

4/12/2007 8:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Actor Mekhi Phifer claims his former contractor didn't live up to code, so now it's code red in court.

In a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the "ER" doc claims he paid a construction company a bundle back in 2003 to increase the height of a block wall on his property and to remodel a carport. Phifer says the company never got the proper permits and violated the building code. City inspectors arrived last year with bad news -- either get the proper permits or, in classic Ty Pennington form, take down that wall! -- and carport.

Phifer says it will cost 95 grand to undo the mess. He's suing for $161,000.

Calls to the construction company were not immediately returned.

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