Representing Owner, Defeated Contract Termination Claims by Contractor exceeding $30 Million

Wahid Ezzat Guirguis

Case Conclusion Date:January 1, 2006

Practice Area:Construction / Development

Outcome:90% of the amount claimed was defended against. The contractor’s claim was further reduced by substantial costs and expert witness fees recovered by the agency as a result of a statutory settlement offer which the contractor failed to accept.

Description:Representation of a large metropolitan water agency defending contract termination claims of approximately $30 million. Approximately one-half of the claims were resolved at mediation; the remaining claims proceeded to trial in which client public agency received a favorable outcome. The litigation included issues regarding tunneling, alleged differing site conditions, propriety of contract termination, notice and waiver, and disputed methodology for damages.