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NJ Tennis Center Scores $5M Construction Defect Verdict

Law360 - June 13, 2018

Law360 published an article about Michael F. McKenna and Anthony J. Tavormina's representation of Randolph Tennis Center and Grand Slam Tennis in a large jury verdict.

By: Matthew Guarnaccia

Law360 (June 13, 2018, 8:28 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey jury has found three companies involved in the construction of a tennis center liable for $4.9 million in damages as compensation for the malfunction of a portion of the facility’s structure, determining the companies negligent in its construction, the plaintiff's law firm announced Wednesday.

Following a five-week trial, the jury on May 29 sided with Grand Slam Partners LLC and Randolph Enterprises LLC, wrapping up a case launched in 2014 over the malfunction of a steel beam roof support that caused the facility to be temporarily shut down, and the eventual discovery of other alleged construction and design flaws.

General contractor The Adkins Group Inc. is responsible for paying the largest portion of the award at $2.44 million, while the company tasked with providing the pre-engineered steel building structure, Rigid Global Buildings LLC, and building erector Associated Building Services Inc. will pay $1.63 million and $832,000, respectively.

Counsel for Randolph, Michael F. McKenna of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, told Law360 Wednesday that the owner of Randolph and Grand Slam, tennis pro Jenni Rogers, was happy to remove what had been “an albatross around her neck for years and years.”

“She hasn’t had the use of her six tennis courts,” McKenna said. “Now this means she will be able to get everything fixed and she’ll be able to pay the money she had to borrow from friends and family to keep things going for these four years while these people jerked her around and put her through a five-week trial.”

Counsel for the defendants did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment.

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