CAWELO WATER DISTRICT v. AMOCO
Construction Defect/ Products Liability case. Over six months at trial after three years of discovery about plastic irrigation pipe. Jury instructions that didn’t allow a one year warranty to apply to an owner, even though they had their representatives in the manufacturing plant approving each unit of pipe, saying instead that as a matter of law the warranty only applied to the installing contractor. Lost 12 million dollars. The client settled for about 9 million while the appeal was pending and claimed it as damages against their insurer, London syndicates associated with Lloyds. Eventually, the client won a 421 million dollar verdict against the insurer, so I guess that almost everyone was happy.