For nearly six years, the Port of Houston Authority of Harris County and Zachry Construction Corp. have been engaged in the mother of all breach-of-contract battles. The fight arises from the construction of the Bayport Terminal Complex Phase 1A.
Zachry sued the port in 2006 for breach of contract, arguing that the port failed to abide by a “change order” in the contract, and doing so added costs to Zachry. The port denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim for attorney fees.
Following a three-month jury trial, a trial court entered a final judgment awarding Zachry nearly $20 million in damages, including pre- and post-judgment interest.
The port appealed the final order to Houston’s 14th Court of Appeals. On Aug 9, the 14th Court handed the port a huge win, reversing and rendering that award.
--- John Council