Construction and Construction Litigation
Below is a sampling of our construction litigation experience.
Albert Farrah successfully represented a contractor in a lawsuit against the Town of Rockport, MA. After twenty-seven days of trial in which forty witnesses, including twelve expert witnesses testified, and after deliberating for less than three hours, a jury awarded his client $3.7 million in lost profits. This was the fourth largest verdict in Massachusetts in 1996, and at the time, the largest verdict ever in Essex County. With interest, judgment entered for nearly $7.2 million. Poole Construction Co., Inc. v. Town of Rockport, Essex Superior Court.
Albert Farrah successfully represented the developer of the International Medical Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a 700,000 square foot hospital, against claims by a Boston based architect that it was entitled to well over $1.3 million in additional fees for hospital design services. When the architect refused to release final drawings and specifications unless it was paid $1.3 million, Mr. Farrah immediately brought suit, and conducted discovery into the documentation supporting the claim for extra fees. After two days of mediation, an extremely favorable settlement was reached. A confidentiality agreement prevents disclosure of its terms. Fitaihi v. Steffian Bradley Associates, Suffolk Superior Court.
Mr. Farrah represented a Boston architect who was alleged to have negligently prepared condominium drawings for a 125-unit project. A unit purchaser claimed Mr. Farrah’s client failed to properly measure his unit and that the architect’s drawings represented the unit to be approximately 10% larger than what the owner claimed was its size. A verdict adverse to Mr. Farrah’s client would potentially have impacted the measurements of all units in the condominium project. After a four-day jury trial, a Suffolk Superior Court judge directed a verdict on behalf of Mr. Farrah’s client, finding no negligence and no liability. Case name withheld.
In this partnership dispute between brothers, Albert Farrah represented clients in claims of breach of fiduciary duty and conversion in the operation of a construction company. After a 10-day arbitration, his clients were awarded $470,000, which was subsequently confirmed by a Superior Court judge. Buonopane v. Buonopane, Middlesex Superior Court.