Houston’s Derrick Carson, Deputy Chair of Locke Lord’s Energy Litigation Practice Group, spoke with Texas Lawbook after Locke Lord client Spitzer Industries received a favorable judgment in a significant construction-related dispute following a five-week long trial. The total judgment for $35.9 million included actual damages of approximately $27 million.
In the article titled, “Locke Lord Wins $36M in Well Blowout Containment Project Dispute,” Carson discusses the case and its biggest challenge. The case arose out of the high-profile Marine Well Containment project to build modular capsule vessels capable of responding to well blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico. Spitzer Industries sought to recover damages attributed to Weatherford’s mismanagement of the project as the general contractor. Carson noted: “Spitzer really committed its company to this project, which was tremendously important to the offshore oil and gas industry. For Spitzer not to be paid for those efforts was obviously devastating.” In regards to the biggest challenge of the case, Carson said it was conveying to the court the “truly massive amount of change” Spitzer underwent during the project, the causes of the change and the monetary effect the change had.
The trial team was led by David Harrell and Derrick Carson and included Nick Demeropolis and Deanna Markowitz Willson, all of Locke Lord’s Houston office.
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