City of Huntington Beach Wins Lawsuit brought by Sepulveda Construction Inc

Total Victory for City of Huntington Beach on a Construction Claim Case brought by Sepulveda Construction Inc.
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Aug. 9, 2014 - PRLog -- Sepulveda Construction Inc. was the low bidder for the new $1 million Adams/Ranger Sewer Lift Station which was needed to replace the old lift station on Adams Avenue near the Santa Ana River. The construction of the new sewer lift station required a 25 foot deep excavation in high groundwater conditions. In addition, this sewer lift station collects sewage from the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses and pumps it to the Orange County Sanitation District for treatment. After the project was over, Sepulveda filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court seeking over $750,000 in damages. Sepulveda claimed that the City had provided a deficient soils report on the project and directed work in the field.

The City of Huntington Beach received a unanimous jury verdict in its favor on July 23, 2014, completely defending a $750,000 lawsuit brought by Sepulveda Construction Inc. on the Ranger Lift Station project. Sepulveda ran into huge overruns on the project due to poor bidding, unqualified staffing and poor construction practices.

Jennifer McGrath, the elected Huntington Beach City Attorney, supervised a team from Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet and Wittbrodt LLP with partner Marion Hack as lead trial attorney and associate John Conrad as second chair. The trial team for the City successfully defended the entire case proving that the soils report was accurate and that Sepulveda had failed in its contractual obligations. The jury deliberated for 2 hours to reach its unanimous verdict on this month long trial. Due to the complete victory, the City now can seek expert fees and costs and potentially attorney fees.

About Jennifer McGrath: Jennifer McGrath ( has served as the Huntington Beach City Attorney since her election in November 2002, after previously working as a Deputy City Attorney. Jennifer McGrath is running for re-election in 2014.

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