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Differential Building Settlement Claims

We were retained by the City in the State of New Hampshire following a $60 million project for a large addition to an existing municipal building. Due to the nature of the underlying soils, the project involved installation of ground improvements known as aggregate piers to stabilize the bearing capacity of the subsurface clay. Shortly after taking occupancy the City noticed significant cracking in walls and floors. Geotechnical and structural investigations revealed that the building experienced differential settlement (i.e. sinking) resulting in structural problems, cracking, and out of plumb doors. We spearheaded the technical evaluation and pursued and successful strategy with our client to leverage and out of court resolution that maximized out client's recovery so that it could undertake corrective work without further expenditure of City funds.

Bid Protest: Court Requires Award of Contract to Our Client.

Our client, Landry/French Construction, was the low, responsive bidder on a large school renovation project in Maine. Despite the low bid, the Owner followed the architect's recommendation and awarded the contract to the second bidder. We pursued and injunction and expedited Court review. The Court ruled in our client's favor and required the School District to award the contract to Landry/French Construction. [Landry/French Construction v. Lisbon School Department, et al.; Cumberland County Superior Court, Case No. AP-14-052]

Firm Highlights

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Client Recovers on Claim On Differing Site Conditions Claim Involving Subsurface Contaminated Soils

We successfully resolved a substantial claim for our client, a large, Maine based site contractor, stemming from differing site conditions encountered on an aviation facility owned by project federal government. The case stemmed from...

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Project Owner Breached Contract by Attempting to Terminate Contractor

Our client, large construction contractor, completed construction of a new entry at a public building. The scope of work included construction of new concrete sidewalks, stairs, accessibility ramp, canopy, lighting, railings and a non-load...

News

39 Verrill Attorneys Named 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Verrill Attorney Karen Frink Wolf Again Named One of New England’s Top 100 Attorneys and Top 50 Women Attorneys (December 11, 2019) – The 2019 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars...

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Defense of Contractor - Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Claims

This case concerned the construction of a marine boat dock on an island in Boston Harbor. The Plaintiff claimed entitlement to unpaid wages and enhanced wages under the federal prevailing wage statute known as...

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Procurement

We have assisted many owners, and contractors in design and construction contracting including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company on over a billion dollars in projects in Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts...

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Surety Takeover of Mountain Top Communications Infrastructure Contract Following Owner’s Default of Contractor

We represented a performance bond surety asked to step in and complete four communications infrastructure projects. We engaged key consulted and mapped about a path forward for completion of the project with our client's...

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Successful Design and Construction Defects Claims for Large Hospital Client

We are successfully pursued claims in federal court seeking recovery of damages arising from defects in the design and construction of a $170 million addition to a Maine hospital complex. The case involved building...

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Defense of Breach of Contract, Negligent Construction and Breach of Duty of Workmanship Claims

We successfully defended a large mechanical contractor in connection with lawsuit stemming from the comprehensive failure of the hydronic piping system in a resort hotel's heating and cooling system. Through fact and expert witness...

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Engineering Malpractice

We asserted claims on behalf of a large private institution related to defective design and installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in a high profile public building. The matter was settled favorably...

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Breach of AIA Construction Contract and Waiver of Consequential Damages By Owner

Our client, a general contractor, and the project owner signed an American Institute of Architect A101 contract with accompanying A201 general conditions. The project included construction of a new office/retail building, and associated site...