May 26, 2016

A Suffolk County jury, after a two-week trial, has issued a verdict and awarded over $750,000 in damages (excluding interest) to a construction manager that was wrongfully terminated by a school district, in East Hampton Union Free School District v. Sandpebble Builders, Inc.   The school district had sued the construction manager first, seeking millions in alleged damages for breach of contract, and the construction manager counterclaimed for wrongful termination.  After more than nine years of pretrial litigation that included multiple appeals, one of which was heard by New York’s highest court,  the case finally reached trial in May of 2016.  The trial was conducted before the Hon. Jerry Garguilo over ten days, before being turned over to the jury.  After only two hours of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the construction manager on all issues, rejecting the district’s claims and statute of limitations defense, finding the district’s actions to be a breach of contract, and it awarding the construction manager damages for the district’s breach.  The final judgment will include nearly ten years of interest added to the jury’s award.