2004 Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited et al. v. Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc

In the 125th District Court of Harris County, Texas; Judge John Coselli, presiding. Dobrowski LLP represented Plaintiffs, an international drilling company and its subsidiaries, in their lawsuit against Defendant, a large oil and gas equipment manufacturing company, for fraud, breach of contract and breach of warranty, regarding the failure of a deep-water drilling riser. Plaintiffs purchased a $7 million deep-water drilling riser from Defendant in fall 2000 for use on Plaintiffs’ deep-water, semi-submersible drilling rig, the Ocean Baroness. Plaintiffs were conducting drilling operations in the South China Sea when the drilling riser failed after less than 30 days of use. During litigation, the parties deposed 120 fact witnesses in the United States, Europe and Asia, and the Firm managed a 300,000+ document database. The Firm’s successful prosecution resulted in a $22.75 million settlement payment to the Plaintiffs