A Plaintiff general mechanical contractor with a history with a petrochemical company was involved in a capital improvement turnaround project. One part of the turnaround involved the replacement of a reactor head. According to the contractor, the manufacturer had produced the wrong size, and tried to work with the prime contractor to correct the problem. The prime contractor had brought in a larger engineering firm to advise it on how to attach the head, and provide advice on post-weld heat treatments for the attachments.
After the 2001 project, the amount of work that the original contractor decreased by about 90 percent, while the larger engineering company had gained an increase in work. The original contractor sued for tortuous interference, and O’Donnell Consulting was asked to investigate. The Plaintiff was awarded $98.8 M, one of the the largest awarded cases in 2006. Read about it here. (PDF)
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