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TJPA defends Millennium Tower class action lawsuit

Clients Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), et al.

Jones Day represents one of the primary parties in the Millennium Tower litigation, one of the highest profile litigation matters in the United States. The case concerns a 56-story condominium tower, colloquially referred to as "San Francisco's Leaning Tower," which has vertically moved more than 16 inches and is tilting as much as 20 inches. Owners of more than 200 units are being represented by various plaintiffs' lawyers and a class action was filed on behalf of the remaining unit owners.

The plaintiffs have sued the tower's developer and adjacent property owners, including Jones Day's client, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority ("TJPA"). The plaintiffs generally allege against TJPA that the excavation and dewatering of the new Transit Center contributed to the vertical movement and tilt of the Tower. TJPA, however, maintains that the Millennium Tower was not properly designed and constructed with a suitable foundation, as evidenced by the fact the tower had vertically moved more than 10 inches (double the original estimate of movement to occur over the life of the Tower) before TJPA even began construction of the Transit Center.

Laura S. Lehman v. Transbay Joint Powers Authority, et al., No. CGC-16-553758 (Super. Ct. San Francisco Cty., Cal.)

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