Marion T. Hack, a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the October 3, 2019 Daily Journal article, "Orange County Jury Awards $2 Million in $103-Million Damages Request." Ms. Hack led the Pepper team representing URS and AECOM in the three-month trial.
It was an epic battle between an architectural firm and a contracting and construction team hired to add lanes to State Route 91 in Riverside County, and the jury's verdict left Marion T. Hack, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, declaring victory.
"This was our best possible scenario; let's put it that way," Hack said. "In our wildest dreams, I did not suspect we would get this."
Hack represented URS Corp.
URS's contract was for $60 million, Hack said, "so they were being sued for more than the entire contract."
"Astronomical is the right word for it," Hack said. "It's going to be over $5 million."
Hack said the negligence finding wasn't surprising because "this was under a situation we had conceded." But the small damage award and the rest of the verdict makes it a big win, she said.
"It's very difficult to get defense verdicts of this nature; it's just extremely hard," Hack said. "I've done it before, but this is significant."
Hack said Atkinson/Walsh "really did post losses, but they were never able to adequately explain to the jury why my client URS was responsible for the losses."
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