$98.8 M Award in Litigation over Refinery Engineering Issues

A Plaintiff general mechanical contractor with a prior history with a larger 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 reactor head manufacturer had produced the wrong size, and tried to work with the prime contractor to correct the problem. The prime contractor had brought in the 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 project, the amount of work that the original mechanical contractor decreased by about 90 percent, while the larger petrochemical company had gained an increase in work. The original general 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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