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Subway Wins Latest Round Of 15-Year Construction Litigation Saga

December 15, 2005

After 15 years of litigation, two trials and the deaths of two judges, Chief Judge Hogan of the U.S. District Court in D.C. wrote the latest chapter in the subway litigation saga, Mergentime-Perini v. WMATA (11/28/05), issuing a 192-page opinion upholding the default terminations of contracts for two Washington Metro subway stations, denying virtually all of the contractors' claims and awarding WMATA over $21 million in excess reprocurement costs and other damages, plus prejudgment interest. Crowell & Moring has represented WMATA in this protracted litigation, which has already established precedent on such issues as whether performance bonds cover allegedly unauthorized contract modifications and the duties of successor judges who take over an uncompleted case after trial.

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George D. Ruttinger
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2670