The legal tussle comes a year after Building revealed that Bickerton, which went into liquidation in January 2002, was the subject of a police fraud inquiry.
Bickerton, based in Hertfordshire, was bought by Aviss from Artisan in July 2001, six months before it collapsed, leaving debts of £4.5m.
The two parties filed writs in the High Court last year. Artisan is suing Aviss (and holding company Infiniteland) for £1.2m over an alleged breach of the Bickerton sale agreement.
Aviss is suing Artisan, claiming the Bickerton accounts were false and misleading at the time of the sale.
Aviss has claimed damages for misrepresentation and £2.3m in money owed as a result of the alleged overvaluation of Bickerton and two other firms bought in the same transaction.
John Aviss and Artisan have refused to comment.
Aviss' central claim, in a 30-page court writ served last month, is that Artisan overvalued Bickerton before the sale.
The writ says the accounts stated that the paid-up capital of Bickerton was £1m when in fact it was £1.
The Bickerton accounts did not give a true and fair view of the assets
Part of the 30-page Aviss writ
It argues: "The audited accounts of Bickerton for the year ending March 2001 did not give a true and fair view of the assets and liabilities of Bickerton as at 31 March 2001."
The writ claims that Artisan overvalued Bickerton's contracts by just over £600,000.
It says: "The accounts should have included a provision of £923,415 but instead only made provision for £300,000. Accordingly, Bickerton's net assets were overstated by £623,415."
The writ also states that Bickerton management accounts included "£412,684 for deferred Corporation Tax", which was contingent upon Bickerton making a profit. It claims this should have not have been included in the accounts. The writ states: "Assets were accordingly overstated by £412,684."
Further details of the writ lodged by Artisan against Aviss were not available at the time of going to press.
Bickerton, founded in 1932, was one of Hertfordshire's best-known family builders; in 1997 it was shortlisted in the Building regional contractor of the year award. The £21m-turnover firm specialised in refurbishment in the leisure and education sectors.
John Aviss set up Infiniteland in June 2001 as a holding company to acquire Bickerton Construction, Driver Construction, and Gryphon Estates from Artisan for £2.8m. Driver and Gryphon are still trading.