Defense of Architectural Firms in Construction Litigation
Ryan Wilhelm has successfully defended to settlement or verdict a variety of architectural firms in cases including construction defect, negligent constructions, design defect, tortious interference, unfair trade practices, and trademark infringement.Defended an architectural firm in two lawsuits filed by more than 70 firefighters and the county as a result of alleged toxic mold growing in five newly-constructed community centers and fire stations. The plaintiffs contended that the mold was caused by various construction defects as well as negative pressure allegedly caused by the HVAC system. The claims asserted by the county were dismissed pursuant to a motion to dismiss.• Defended an architectural firm in a lawsuit alleging tortious interference, unfair trade practices, and trademark infringement. The plaintiff contended that the architectural firm used its business materials and other design ideas to unfairly obtain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The plaintiffs dismissed all claims against the architectural firm once the parties began engaging in discovery.• Defended an architectural firm in a lawsuit involving the alleged negligent construction and design of several college dormitories. The plaintiff contended that the dormitories suffered extensive property damage as a result of various alleged design and construction-related defects to the exterior brick façade and interior structural components.• Defended an architectural firm in a lawsuit alleging various construction and design defects relating to the construction of a middle school in DeKalb County. The plaintiff issued a performance bond on the project and sought to recover damages allegedly incurred to repair and complete the project.• Defended an architectural firm in an arbitration proceeding arising from the alleged negligent design and construction of a large church. The church was seeking to recover damages relating to various structural issues relating to the exterior brick veneer and other building materials.• Defended an architectural firm in a lawsuit involving the alleged negligent design and construction of an automobile dealership. The plaintiff contended that the dealership building sustained water intrusion damage and other structural problems allegedly caused by the negligent construction and design of the building.• Defended an architectural firm in a lawsuit involving the design of a commercial kitchen and restaurant. The plaintiff/owner contended that the architectural firm was negligent in selecting the HVAC equipment and in designing the overall layout of the restaurant.