On September 18, 2023 MKCI Partner Chris Hillsley, with the support of Senior Associate Dave Snyder and MKCI’s PA office, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a residential property contractor in the Philadelphia suburb of Delaware County. MKCI’s client originally brought a claim against the defendant homeowners for breach of contract for failure to pay outstanding invoices. The homeowners then filed counterclaims against MKCI’s client for poor workmanship and diminution of real estate value of the property. After a 2-day bench trial, the Honorable John P. Capuzzi found for MKCI’s client on all claims and dismissed the counterclaims.
A key issue in the case was the lack of evidence showing that MKCI’s client’s work caused the property to be less valuable. Chris successfully argued that the opposing side’s experts simply did not offer the necessary evidence showing negligent workmanship.
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