24 June, 2024

QPWB Secures Global Directed Verdict, Protecting Contractor from Negligence and Breach of Contract Claims

bookmark_icon

In: Verdicts

comment_icon

Comments: 0

blog_content_img

Dallas-Hub Partner, John Andrew Robertson, and Associate, Steven A. Wood achieved a favorable outcome when the judge granted our global directed verdict motion as soon as the Plaintiff rested his case, a rare occurrence that significantly favored our client. This outcome demonstrates the strength of our defense and the effectiveness of our legal strategy in discrediting the Plaintiff's claims.

Overview of the Case

  • QPWB represented a general contractor sued by a homeowner client following a major remodeling project.
  • The Plaintiff alleged that water damage to the floors resulted from improperly exposed exterior walls during renovations.
  • The defense countered that the Plaintiff had improperly installed the floors himself, using the exposed wall as an excuse.
  • By successfully striking the Plaintiff's damages expert, a directed verdict was secured.

Key Difference-Makers

  • Andrew Robertson, Partner
  • Steven A. Wood, Associate

Claims Made Against our Client

  • The Plaintiff claimed negligence, attorney fees, and breach of contract.
  • Allegations included a slip on improperly installed tile causing a knee injury, and failure to complete the project on time.
  • Initial demands totaled $1M at mediation, with the Plaintiff's damages expert valuing repairs at $500k.

Defensive Strategy

  • The defense strategy emphasized simplicity and clarity for the jury.
  • The team highlighted an 18-month history of communication between Plaintiff and Defendant through numerous emails and text messages, aiming to avoid unnecessary tangents and keep focus on our strongest evidence.

Impact on Final Outcome

  • Crucially, striking the Plaintiff's damages expert before trial was pivotal.
  • Despite ongoing challenges to the Plaintiff's credibility during proceedings, we effectively used text messages and photos to undermine deposition testimony.

Predicting the Future

  • Securing a global directed verdict encompassing all claims—breach of contract, negligence, and attorney fees—is a notable achievement.
  • This outcome underscores the versatility and proficiency of QPWB trial attorneys.

About QPWB

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., is the largest minority and women-owned law firm in the nation with jurisdiction in 45 states and territories in the U.S. allowing us to serve a broad spectrum of industries with over 100 areas of practice. Our lawyers provide representation for businesses and their leaders in litigation, regulatory, and corporate matters.

Discover the QPWB Difference

Learn More

Related News

image_1
June 27, 2024

QPWB Protects Major National Auto...

Jacksonville-Hub Partner Christopher Bateh and Associate Marisa O’Connor successfully defended a national used vehicle dealer against a vicarious liability...

image_1
June 11, 2024

QPWB Attorneys Use the Absence...

The defense team’s collaboration led to a dismissal with prejudice by successfully arguing that the plaintiff’s complaint, which involved...

image_1
June 6, 2024

QPWB Establishes Clear Timeline Of...

The defense team, led by Alexandria Dobrowolski, an associate at the Louisville Hub, and Michael Vittori, Managing Partner of Litigation...

Start typing and press Enter to search

Shopping Cart

Lateral Partners

Apply now to make a difference in your community and be a part of the largest women and minority owned defense law firm in the country. Please enter your information, attach your resume, and we will contact you soon!

Associate Attorneys

Apply now to make a difference in your community and be a part of the largest women and minority owned defense law firm in the country. Please enter your information, attach your resume, and we will contact you soon!