Liskow Attorneys Gene Fendler and Kelly Scalise Win Significant Jury Verdict


On September 24, following a three week trial, a jury in the 24th Judicial District Court returned a $4.8 million verdict in favor of the firm’s client, Semco LLC. Gene Fendler and Kelly Scalise represented Semco. The case was a bitter dispute between two privately held companies, Semco and The Grand (part of the Laredo Offshore family of companies) arising out of the construction of a very large offshore liftboat by Semco for The Grand. Semco proved that it was entitled to additional costs under the construction contract. The jury found in favor of Semco and awarded $4.8 million. The jury awarded The Grand $680,000 on its reconventional demand, a small portion of what it had sought for alleged unfinished work. The jury also rejected claims brought by The Grand under the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act and for intentional interference with contract.