Tutor Perini 'disappointed,' will appeal jury verdict in SR 99 Alaskan Way case
Tutor Perini released a statement in reaction to a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the case of Washington State Department of Transportation v. Seattle Tunnel Partners, a trial conducted in the Thurston County District Court in the state of Washington. The company said, "Tutor Perini is disappointed with the jury's decision and will appeal the verdict in this case, which conflicts directly with the findings of an independent Dispute Review Board's proceedings that were conducted over the course of the project, including a key finding by the DRB that the steel pipe casing unexpectedly encountered by the tunnel boring machine constituted a 'differing site condition.' Over the past several years, Tutor Perini has consistently asserted that the Company owed compensation for substantial costs incurred as a result of that unexpected encounter and the subsequent delays and repairs that ensued. The Company is reviewing today's decision to evaluate any potential financial impact on the Company and will provide any required disclosure once that evaluation has been completed. A separate court trial in King County, Washington pertaining to the pursuit of associated claims against insurance policies that covered the project is expected to occur in the latter part of next year or in 2021."