We are pleased to report another landmark win for a Lewis & Llewellyn client. As reported in Law360 and the Daily Journal, following a two week arbitration and years of litigation, Lewis & Llewellyn client EDAG Engineering was awarded $30 million against electric vehicle startup Byton, after a payment dispute arose from their combined efforts to build an all-electric luxury SUV called the M-Byte. In reaching this decision, the JAMS sole arbitrator, former San Francisco County Superior Court Judge William J. Cahill, found that Byton had breached its contract with EDAG. Judge Cahill also rejected Byton’s $31 million counterclaim against EDAG. Judge Chen of the Northern District of California confirmed the award, which included $28,635,392.42, plus over $1.5M in costs and interests.
When interviewed by Law360, partner Evangeline Burbidge said, “This is absolutely the right outcome. Our client did their job, providing world-class service in the face of novel engineering challenges. We were please to help them receive every penny they had earned, with interest.” A copy of the article is available here.
The Lewis & Llewellyn team consisted of lead counsel Burbidge, supported by Brad Estes, Marc Lewis, Ken Walczak, and Kristin Orrantia. With this most recent win, Lewis & Llewellyn maintains its 100% success rate in arbitration.