Construction

Houston construction litigation attorneys at Burdine Wynne have the experience and determination to pursue or defend litigation claims that stem from large-scale, complicated construction disputes. Whether an engineer or architect was allegedly negligent, a project was unduly delayed, or a contract dispute arises between a project developer, general contractor or subcontractor, the firm will efficiently and actively pursue or defend the claims. Many construction disputes are governed by contracts that include arbitration provisions, and the firm has certainly handled them before arbitration panels. The firm has also, though, filed and defended numerous construction disputes in state and federal courts. Some of the construction cases the firm has handled for plaintiffs and defendants are listed below:

  1. No. 2007-38989, Associated Construction Company WLL v. KBR, Inc. et al, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas 281st Judicial District. Represented the plaintiff, a Kuwaiti engineering and construction firm, on a breach of contract claim related to a subcontract to supply containerized housing units to support US Army personnel involved in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The case was tried to a jury for eight days and resulted in a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff on all issues for just under $40 million. The trial court disregarded a portion of the jury’s answers on damages and entered Final Judgment for just over $27.5 million. Opposing counsel was Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP.
  2. Cause No.1999-11839, EQR-Watson General Partnership v. Finger Construction Company, et al. In the District Court of Harris County, Texas,157th Judicial District — Defended owner and builder against multi-million claim for alleged construction defects and breach of warranties. Resulted in confidential settlement with nominal direct cost to clients.
  3. Cause No. 2000-34687, Buffalo/Alabama Apartments, Ltd. and Femco, Inc. d/b/a The Finger Companies v. Shepard Crane and Associates, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. and Pioneer Concrete of Texas, Inc. In the District Court of Harris County, Texas, 269th Judicial District * Represented owner and developer on claims against design professional, general contractor and concrete supplier on variety of design and construction related claims. Resulted in confidential recovery.
  4. Civil Action No. H-03-805, Buffalo/Alabama Apartments, Ltd. v. Steadfast Insurance Company, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (referred to arbitration). Related claim against design professional’s excess insurer. Arbitration hearing was tried to conclusion and to an award to Buffalo/Alabama of almost $5 million. Opposing counsel was Meckler Bulger & Tilson from Chicago.

 

Results

$39.6 Million unanimous jury verdict on behalf of Kuwaiti subcontractor in Assoc. Const. Co.WLL v. KBR, Inc. in a complex contract dispute

$32.5 Million mediated settlement in 3CI, Inc. v. Stericycle, Inc., a minority shareholder class action lawsuit

$8.2 Million unanimous jury verdict on behalf of oil and gas firm against the Railroad Commission of Texas and plugging contractor Superior Energy Services for the wrongful plugging and abandonment of an orphaned offshore gas well

$5 Million arbitration award in Buffalo/Alabama Apartments Ltd. v. Steadfast Ins. Co. professional negligence by engineers

Successful Confidential Recovery Rathborne Properties, LLC, et al v. ExxonMobil Corporation, et al, NORM contamination suit – damages claimed in excess of $100 Million

Hundreds of Millions of dollars collected in confidential settlements and verdicts against some of the largest companies and most prestigious law firms in the country. The Firm has also defended clients against claims for hundreds of millions of dollars in the aggregate.

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