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John Bergin Argues in Pennsylvania Appellate Court to Affirm Defense Verdict in $20M MLB Stadium Case

As discussed in SLS’s December 8th post, John Bergin represented two national general contractors/ construction managers who had formed a joint-venture to design and construct a Major League Baseball Stadium.  Plaintiff – the alleged assignee of a subcontractor on the project – had sued the joint venture for more than $20 million.  John secured a complete defense verdict for the joint venture after more than eight years of litigation, a six-week trial, and two post-trial legal memoranda. The Plaintiff appealed that verdict. 

In mid-January, John travelled to Pittsburgh, Pa. for oral argument on Plaintiff’s appeal.  The argument took place before a three-judge panel of The Superior Court of Pennsylvania – the state’s intermediate appellate court.  The court’s rules gave the attorneys for both sides 15 minutes to argue their side of the case.  Despite the fact that the argument was the 20th and last argument of the day, the panel peppered counsel with questions on the substantive and procedural issues on appeal.   Typically, the Superior Court issues its opinions anywhere from two to five months after oral argument. 

Depending on the ruling, the case may (a) finally end, (b) possibly be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court – the state’s highest appellate court, or (c) return to the trial court for a ruling on the merits based on the evidence during the six-week trial.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?