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Judge approved razing of Las Vegas Harmon Hotel tower

Las Vegas property owners have a responsibility to their patrons and the general public to protect consumers and provide a safe place for them. Everything from a slippery floor to a structurally unsound building has the potential of damaging others and must be properly dealt with even if it costs the property owners millions of dollars to do so.

In a complex business litigation lawsuit, two companies faced off on whether or not the unfinished Las Vegas Harmon Hotel tower should remain standing despite regular testing that purportedly concluded that the tower is not sturdy enough to withstand the effects of an earthquake. With twenty-two stories left unconstructed, the building was put on hold due to inspectors’ claims that the tower’s structure was defective.

Dubai World and MGM Resorts International, the tower’s owners, filed a court motion to demolish the structure; however, the contractor, Tutor Perini Building Co., was opposed. Tutor Perini is fighting developers on who will have to absorb the $400 million loss, and wanted to use the standing building to assist them in their trial. A judge sided with the tower’s owners in this corporate dispute and gave them the go-ahead to raze the building.

Business litigation lawsuits can be difficult given that each organization will usually vehemently fight for their rights in an attempt to save their assets, no matter the cost. Hiring an experienced litigator is the best way to attempt to protect your interests and suffer as little damage to your business as possible.

Source: The Spectrum, “Demolition OK’d for Vegas hotel tower,” Michelle Rindels, Aug. 29, 2013

John P. Aldrich
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