The arbitration took place in Los Angeles in August, and the Statement of Decision in MZT’s favor was issued in late September. The award will be increased by approximately $200,000 in mandatory interest.
A team of Procopio attorneys led by Craig Ramseyer and including Scott Omohundro and Jeff Hood provided counseling and representation to MZT, a general contractor specializing in heavy civil, industrial and commercial building construction. Procopio support staff Rita Bartel and Cori Mandy were also instrumental in the preparation of this case.
“This award represents a major victory for MZT, who unfortunately was compelled to wait a significant period of time due to the complicated and lengthy claims process mandated by the contract, to receive compensation for its increased costs and damages incurred,” said Ramseyer.
The case concerned the construction by MZT of a sound wall along the Interstate 210 freeway in Duarte, California. Specifically, MZT’s claimed that the presence of rock when drilling piles for the sound wall was a “differing site condition” that could not be anticipated from the plans and specifications.
Caltrans denied this claim and the other MZT claims, and offered no money to settle the case before the arbitration. MZT was awarded nearly the entire amount it had claimed.