Sometimes, when you’re a defendant in a commercial litigation action, success is measured by the ability to avoid liability and avoid paying any damages. Other times, though, the possibility of paying $0 in damages is not realistic. Even then, there are still important goals to reach; namely, avoiding paying more in damages than the law says you really should owe. As a defendant, whether you are seeking a defense verdict or just to minimize the damages you owe, be sure to retain a skilled South Florida commercial litigation attorney to help you reach your goals and protect your business interests.
A concrete contractor from Davie was one of those commercial litigation defendants. The recent case revolved around the construction of a new airport taxiway, and several other improvements, at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. The owner, Broward County, hired several entities to handle the work, including the entity from Davie, which served as the general contractor.
There were problems with the new taxiway’s construction, as the county spotted flaws on the taxiway’s surface. Eventually, the county ended up hiring a different engineering firm to reconstruct the taxiway, costing the county millions of dollars. That led the county to sue several contractors involved with the allegedly defective initial construction of the taxiway. The trial court found that the county had suffered $6 million in damages and ordered the general contractor to pay the county $900,000.