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Jason L. Richey

Co-lead counsel to an international EPC contractor in connection with claims arising out of the construction of the largest oil refinery in South America.  Claims and cross-claims exceed $2.2 Billion.  The matter is currently in arbitration under the auspices of the ICC. 
Counsel for subcontractor in an ICC arbitration arising out of the design, supply, installation, commissioning, check-out and testing of a two stand reversing mill and equalizing furnace for a flat roll products mini mill in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The subcontractor asserted claims in the aggregate amount of approximately $20 million for unpaid invoices, additional work, and value added tax. In addition, the contractor asserted counterclaims in the amount of approximately $12 million. Following the hearings conducted in Vienna, Austria, the arbitration panel rendered an award favorable to the subcontractor.
Successfully represented large U.S. contractor regarding claims from neighbors that contractor negligently performed remediation of fly ash around their houses from slope failure and/or that remediation work somehow caused a nuisance.  The case was litigated in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.
Represented largest roofing contractor in the United States in numerous roofing related disputes around the country.
Part of legal team that obtained a defense verdict in proceedings before the American Arbitration Association on behalf of WWE in a case involving claims by an ex performer that he was totally disabled as a result of post concussion syndrome. 
Successfully represented WWE in the Delaware Chancery Court in an action brought by USA Network seeking to enjoin his client from accepting an offer for their programming from another network and obtained an affirmance before the Delaware Supreme Court of the trial court’s decision permitting WWE to accept the competing offer.
Represented company in the entertainment industry regarding various disputes over different leases of studios in New York City utilized for popular television shows.
Part of legal team that obtained a jury verdict for compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the estate of a young woman in a wrongful death action against her former fiancé, a municipal police officer.  Focusing on the problem of domestic violence by a police officer, the trial team obtained what is believed to be the only jury verdict in American legal history holding another person responsible for causing a suicide.
Represented large natural gas producer in jury trial in the Northern District of Ohio in dispute over whether supplier had produced defective line heaters and three phase separators used in the Marcellus Shale
Counsel for contractor in claim recovery action after contractor had been terminated for convenience from a Texas State Highway contract.
Counsel for Owners in construction dispute in the Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. The action sought recovery of $500,000 from the Defendants as a result of their defective design and construction of a 138 KV power transmission line. Early on in the case K&L Gates obtained a default judgment against one of the defendants for its failure to answer the complaint. Later, the entire case was successfully mediated in one day, resulting in a favorable outcome for the client.
Counsel for the owner of an 800 mw combined cycle power plant, MEP Pleasant Hill LLC (“MEP”) in a dispute with the EPC Contractor, Black & Veatch Corporation (“Black & Veatch”) arising out of a force majeure claim submitted by Black & Veatch. The claim arose when key HRSG components (worth about $30 million) were damaged when the ship carrying the parts got caught in a typhoon while en route from Japan to Houston, TX. The dispute was settled amicably and the Project was completed on time
Represented non profit health care facility for the elderly and disabled against both the construction contractor and architect for extensive delays on the project as well as defective work. The strategy involved successfully resolving AAA arbitration with contractor and then suing the architect in Pennsylvania State Court. Suit against architect resolved favorably after prevailing at the summary judgment phase of the litigation.
Represented Construction Manager on disputes regarding numerous hotel and hospitality construction projects in North America.
Counsel for contractor in dispute over whether contract for work at LAX airport had been properly terminated for convenience or whether the contract had been abandoned. The matter was resolved in the California state court system.
Counsel for Plaintiff in Weirton Steel Corporation v. TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company, Case No. 5:00CV-88-S in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. We represented the owner of a steel mill, Weirton Steel Corporation, against defendant TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company. The case was a civil action wherein Weirton Steel sought damages from TECO arising out of the defective design and assembly of two 7,000 H.P. Reversing Rougher Mill motors. The case was settled with a nearly two million dollar payment made to Weirton Steel
Counsel for multinational contractor with respect to over $1 billion in claims arising out of one of the world’s largest offshore oil and gas projects with an initial contract price of over $2.5 billion. The engagement spanned a period of three years. While all disputes were subject to ultimate resolution under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (1976), all disputes were resolved through a series of settlements without the necessity of formal arbitration proceedings. The disputes involved issues concerning engineering and construction changes, claims of cardinal change, liquidated damages for delay, schedule analysis with claims for time and money entitlement, international letters of credit, value added tax (VAT) claims, force majeure claims and project finance issues in connection with a worldwide syndicate of commercial and national banks. The matter was settled before arbitration resulting in a nearly two year time extension and additional compensation in excess of $200 million.
Lead counsel for US-based contractor, in connection with claims arising out of the construction of a new 1.5 million TPY coke oven battery that was built in Vitoria, Brazil. Taggart provided all of the coal and coke handling equipment for the Project. Mr. Richey is responsible for the prosecution of the claims against the owner, securing local counsel in Brazil and managing a team of lawyers and client engineers who are working on the case. The matter is currently in ICC arbitration, with hearings to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and conducted under Brazilian law.
Counsel in five-year long successful defense of PPG subsidiary against antitrust, consumer protection and tort claims where Plaintiffs claimed damages of approximately $200 million. Plaintiff filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado alleging that Defendants violate the Sherman Act, committed unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of Colorado’s Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”) and committed tortious interference with actual and prospective contractual relations. The Court granted in part a motion to dismiss filed by K&L Gates, dismissed Plaintiffs’ Sherman Act claims and allowed discovery to proceed on Plaintiffs’ CCPA and tort claims. After the conclusion of discovery, K&L Gates moved for summary judgment on the remaining claims. The Court granted the motion, entered judgment in favor of our client. The Tenth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ antitrust, CCPA and tort claims.
Represented PPG, which was a subcontractor, in an arbitration proceeding filed with the American Arbitration Association regarding construction disputes related to the construction of a fiberglass facility located in Clarksville, Tennessee. PPG supplied technology and certain services to the general contractor and owner in connection with the facility. The matter resulted in a favorable outcome for PPG in part, as a result of K&L Gates’ ability to obtain summary judgment and dismissal of a majority of owner’s damages claim against PPG due to a consequential damages provision.
Counsel for international EPC contractor with respect to claims arising out of the construction of two 370 MW coal-fired power plants currently under construction in Chile. We identified and presenting contractor’s claims against the project owners. A partial settlement with the owner recently resulted in a 28 month time extension for the client along with relief from all LD’s and cash payments from owner to client totaling $28 million. Any remaining disputes will be subject to ICC arbitration in Paris, France or Santiago, Chile under Chilean law.
Successfully represented a large United State EPC Contractor related to dispute regarding delays and defective work in the Tren Urbano mass transit project in Puerto Rico.
Represented major Spanish contractor in Crescent Dunes Solar Project located in Tonopah, Nevada in an action filed by a potential subcontractor where an ex parte injunction was issued halting contractor's progress prior to our retention.  As a result of our representation, the lawsuit was dismissed and contractor's progress continued.  The Crescent Dunes project will be the largest power plant of its kind in the world and be the nation’s first commercial-scale solar power facility with fully integrated energy storage.  It involves one 540-foot solar power tower and a field of thousands of large mirrors which reflect sunlight toward a receiver on the tower.
Represented numerous clients in disputes and through consultation on matters related to the supply of goods and materials governed by Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Counsel to an Italian EPC contractor in connection with claims arising out of the construction of five (5) hydroelectric power plants in southwestern Brazil. The total project cost is approximately R$500 million and the amount in controversy exceeds R$250 million. The contractor terminated the contract for non-payment and the owner has counter claimed for cost to complete, liquidated damages, lost revenue and lost profits. There are two ongoing ICC arbitrations relating to the claims. The seat of both arbitrations is in Cuiaba, Brazil and the governing law for both arbitrations is Brazilian law.
Successfully represented major U.S. EPC Contractor in dispute regarding whether it supplied a defective gas turbine transformer that had a catastrophic failure at a Combined Cycle Generation Facility in the Dominic Republic. Owner complained that contractor and/or its suppliers provided a transformer not compatible with the tropic conditions found in the Caribbean. The matter was subject to ICC arbitration with the seat being in Miami.
Represented numerous wind farm owners in disputes, including but not limited to, disputes over the supply of defective turbines and other goods, whether the wind farm noise and flicker constituted a nuisance or trespass under the law, liability related to a weather event that decimated the wind farm and disputes over the actual location of the wind turbines and which parties have entitlement to the corresponding royalties.
Counsel for inmate telephone provider as well as construction contractors in bid protests throughout the country, including in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, New Jersey, Virginia, Mississippi, Oregon, Maryland, Kentucky, Illinois, New Hampshire, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Hawaii and Vermont. In handling such representation over the past decade, Mr. Richey has developed an extensive record of successes in resolving such bid protests in favor of his clients.
Counsel to scrap metal company in ICC arbitration, involving a breach of contract dispute over the purchase of goods in Venezuela.
Counsel to a large natural gas processor in connection with dispute against prime contractor for a natural gas pipeline project in West Virginia.
Lead construction claims counsel to international EPC Contractor in connection with claims arising out of the construction of an ammonia/urea fertilizer plant located in Iowa.
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