Recently Gavin Laboski defended a custom home builder in construction litigation involving the alleged faulty installation of a well and water treatment system. After a 5 day trial the jury returned a verdict in favor of all the defendants, including Gavin’s client. While this is routine work for the lawyers at Benner and Wild who are proud to count numerous contractors, builders and other trades as clients, this case was different, because Gavin didn’t step foot in the courtroom at all during the trial. Not many lawyers can say that they won a case without even being present.
The case began many years ago when the client built a custom home worth more than $700,000. Issues arose with the well and the homeowners chose to install a water treatment system to clear the debris and cloudiness from the water. The treatment system used food grade aluminum and although such a product is safe for consumption at certain levels, the plaintiffs argued that the ingestion of the aluminum caused health ailments.
The case dragged on for many years and during that time the builder ceased operations and went out of business. The court would not allow Gavin to withdraw as counsel unless the company hired replacement counsel. With its operations terminated, the home builder never hired new counsel and just prior to trial the court and the other lawyers agreed that Gavin did not have to appear. Of the three original defendants one remained and spent an entire week trying the case. The jury returned a verdict in favor of all the defendants and to date, no appeal has been taken.
It just goes to show that sometimes less really is more.
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