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General Contractor Construction Defect Litigation

Represented a general contractor against an owner’s allegations of defective construction of a 640,000-square-foot warehouse near Chicago. Complaints included significant roof leaks, automatic fire protection system malfunctions, inventory damage and defective concrete and asphalt. The owner, a major international corporation, sued the general contractor, three subcontractors and the architect. Sixty-five depositions, including 17 expert witnesses on a compressed schedule ordered by the court, were taken or defended and dismissal of significant portions of the case on summary judgment was obtained. The remaining claims were settled for substantially less than the owner had spent on attorney fees and expert consultants. All of the client’s settlement costs and all litigation expenses, including attorney fees from subcontractors and insurers, were recovered.