Pennsylvania Jury Awards Natural Gas Pipeline Builder $24.3 Million for Contract Breach

Utility Line Services, Inc. v. PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering, LLC
Court of Common Pleas for Delaware County, Pennsylvania, No. 12-4322

On April 17, 2014, a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, jury awarded contractor Utility Line Services, Inc., a $24.3 Million verdict against PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering, LLC, for breach of a contract for construction of a natural gas pipeline. The damages were for nonpayment of balances due and for wrongful termination of a portion of the contract. Bruce W. Ficken of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia, tried the case with fellow Pepper Hamilton attorneys Richard W. Foltz Jr. and Joseph T. Imperiale. The award is subject to further enhancement for attorneys fees and for 2% per month statutory interest and penalties on the portion of the award attributable to unpaid balances ($16.5 Million) pursuant to the Pennsylvania Contractors and Subcontractors Payment Act (“CASPA”).  The case is believed to be the largest recovery ever under CASPA.

Read more about the case in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

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