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JD Fields Receives Verdict In Breach Of Contract Suit

After a saga lasting more than 3 years thanks in part to 8 docket calls and 2 continuances, JD Fields finally has some BIG numbers to celebrate.

In April of 2013, JD Fields filed a petition citing a breach of contract by T & R Pipeline Services, Inc. The dispute arose after the defendant received an order of steel pipe, but did not fully compensate JD Fields as a supplier. Fortunately, by the time the trail began, the damages suffered were slightly mitigated, as JD Fields was able to sell off approximately $400,000 worth of the pipe that T & R Pipeline Services was originally set to purchase. As a result, JD Fields was awarded $108,000 worth of damages.

However, attorney fees were an additional factor of concern. Steven Vangel, a partner at the Houston-based law firm Hill Rivkins, served as JD Fields’ attorney, and faced an uphill battle to convince the court to award these fees in the final verdict. During pre-trail jury selection, as many as 36 prospective jurors indicated that they felt attorneys were overly compensated.

Vangel successful argument eventually helped convince the jury of the time and effort required to over-prepare for a case such as this one, which warranted proper compensation. On July 31, 2014 the jury issued a verdict awarding $148,000 in legal fees. This decision was separate from the damages allotment, which came shortly afterward.

Today, JD Fields is grateful to Mr. Vangel, and excited to finally have a conclusion to this dispute.

UPDATE: As of November 20, 2014, a final verdict on dollars and damages has been reached, and T&R Pipeline has awarded over $300,000 pursuant to that verdict to JD Fields & Company, Inc.

JD Fields Construction Group

JD Fields Construction Group

Prior to founding J D Fields & Company, Jerry Fields gained decades of experience in construction products and piling applications managing equipment rentals, material sales, and product operations. Coupled with his oil and gas experience, Jerry built a rock solid foundation of industry knowledge and relationships that allowed him and his partners to start the company in 1985. Incorporated in Houston, Texas, JDF quickly diversified into multiple construction markets and applications. Today, it is a premiere international source for natural gas pipe and piling products. Strategically positioned at the Port of Houston corridor, our flagship stocking facility has 40 acres of laydown area with steel processing and fabrication capabilities. We carry more than 50,000 tons of pipe and piling inventory throughout the states to serve North America, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and other international markets.

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