Successful Prosecution of Breach of Warranty/Contract Claims

Represented a major oil company operator as plaintiff in a lawsuit and obtained a $4.7 million net recovery against a vendor for breach of warranty and breach of contract. The oil company purchased lifeboats for a new deep water offshore production platform and required the lifeboats be U.S. Coast Guard approved. The U.S. Coast Guard, however, refused to approve the lifeboats after two of the boats failed during offshore commissioning and a subsequent investigation revealed design and manufacturing defects. The platform operator incurred significant damages due to construction delays caused by the lack of usable lifeboats. After a favorable settlement, the operator’s recovery from the vendor represented many multiples of the purchase price of the lifeboats.

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