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Maron Marvel attorney Beau Cole achieves “take nothing” award in $7.5M environmental contamination claim and recovers $2.3M on counterclaim

March 20, 2018

Maron Marvel attorney Beau Cole successfully represented a Louisiana-based application service contractor in an environmental contamination matter tried before a three- member tribunal of the American Arbitration Association. A large industrial contractor alleged that Beau’s client’s negligence, prior to the completion of the project, led to the release of large amounts of lead onto a “B-2” rocket testing stand at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. The application contractor filed a counterclaim alleging violations of the Miller Act and other intentional acts of business interference.  After a week-long trial which included hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, the AAA tribunal found that the industrial contractor failed to carry its burden of proving lead release against the application contractor to the exclusion of other potentially responsible parties. The AAA tribunal further agreed with Beau’s client that the industrial contractor purposely withheld monies owed, created multiple pre-textual reasons for terminating the contract, and purposely interfered with respondent’s business interests. The panel awarded nearly $2.4M in compensation (including attorney’s fees and arbitral costs) to the application contractor.  

Beau Cole is a member of the firm’s general litigation group with a wealth of experience in trials and high-stakes litigation. He represents clients throughout the state of Mississippi. His practice includes product liability, environmental, construction defect, contract formation and project representation, and nursing home defense. Over the last 15 years, Beau has litigated a myriad of matters to conclusion, from small disputes to complex matters. Beau has also served as lead counsel in over 75 trials and arbitrations, including all phases of pre-trial and post-trial litigation in some of the country’s most volatile venues.