Attorney and Lawyer in Westlake Village, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles California, and Nevada

Harmon Tower

Harmon Tower Demolition

The Harmon Hotel is the focal point of the massive construction defect litigation between CityCenter Holdings, LLC. and Perini Building Company in In Re: CityCenter Construction and Lien Master Litigation, in Clark County District Court, Nevada. The year-long CityCenter trial started this week. Alexander Robertson, IV, senior partner of Robertson & Associates, LLP, in Westlake Village, CA. is lead counsel for the owner, CityCenter Holdings, LLC., which is a joint-venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World, a subsidiary of Dubai World.

Harmon Tower Settlement

The Harmon Hotel was designed by Foster + Partners as a non-gaming boutique hotel, and was to be operated by Andrew Sasson’s The Light Group when it opened. The original design called for 48 floors, with 400 hotel rooms on the lower floors and 207 condominiums on the upper floors. Construction began in 2006, but in June of 2008, inspectors discovered that rebar hooks/stirrups in the link beams on the 15th floor had been torch-cut. CityCenter alleges that subsequent investigations revealed that the reinforcing steel placed in the concrete link beams, shear walls, columns, corbels and transfer elements was also defective and not installed per the approved plans and specifications.
 

Harmon Tower

Perini Building Company alleges that there are serious design errors made by the Engineer-of-Record. In 2010, Perini recorded a mechanic’s lien in the amount of approximately $492,000,000 and filed suit against CityCenter. CityCenter seeks damages against Perini for the Harmon in the amount of $399, 819,503, plus attorney’s fees and prejudgment interest. Perini has filed cross-claims, counterclaims and third party complaints against its subcontractors, Pacific Coast Steel, Century Steel and Ceco. A trial date of September 23, 2014 has been set. To date, over 200 percipient depositions have been taken and over 50 expert witnesses have been designated by the parties. There are over 23 Terabytes of documents produced or archived in the document depository in this case. For comparison, if all of the books in the Library of Congress were electronically converted, it would total only 10 Terabytes.

 

LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES:

Harmon Tower Deconstruction
http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/business/casinos-gaming/deconstructing-harmon-hotel-mess

MGM Resorts, Perini settle Harmon Tower case
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/27641124/breaking-news-mgm-resorts-perini-settle-harmon-tower-case

Settlement reached in trial of flawed Vegas hotel
http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/27640378/openings-slated-in-trial-over-flawed-vegas-hotel

Settlement reached in trial of flawed Las Vegas Harmon Tower hotel
http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/local/story/MGM-Resorts-Harmon-Tower-settlement-court/tVMp0G1N1Uu6No06ocSAWw.cspx

MGM Resorts, Perini resolve lawsuit over defective Harmon at CityCenter
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/mgm-resorts-perini-resolve-lawsuit-over-defective-harmon-citycenter

Harmon Tower to disappear from skyline piece by piece
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/27644867/harmon-tower-to-disappear-from-skyline-piece-by-piece

Opening arguments in Harmon tower trial postponed until Tuesday
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/27601338/opening-arguments-in-harmon-tower-trial-start-thursday

Yearlong Harmon Hotel defects trial to start - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/yearlong-harmon-hotel-defects-trial-start

Jury selection begins in case of flawed Strip hotel tower - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/oct/28/jury-selection-begins-case-flawed-strip-hotel-towe/

Jury Selection Begins for Las Vegas Harmon Hotel Case - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
http://enr.construction.com/yb/enr/article.aspx?story_id=id:DirN0Y0R0uAUVmwm-eEEnvDVHe-CBixDHBEc8qmunvIKcQKFPB4ni604UrHnAKKnHVY5-9okTYQTPRYPKmneIg

Court Approves Demolition of Foster + Partners' Harmon Hotel in Vegas - Harmon Tower Lawsuit - Wednesday, May 7, 2014
http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/05/140507-Court-Approves-Demolition-of-Foster--Partners-Harmon-Hotel-in-Vegas.asp

Tunnel partner known to fight tough with public agencies - Monday, April 28, 2014
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023475883_berthatutorxml.html

Harmon tower set to fall — with a whimper - Saturday, April 19, 2014
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/apr/19/harmon-tower-set-fall-whimper

On Vegas Strip, the Harmon tower set to fall -- with a whimper - April 12, 2014
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-harmon-demolition-20140413,0,7940243.story#axzz2zp4mUiP

Demolition of flawed tower at CityCenter delayed again - Friday, December 6, 2013
http://vegasinc.com/business/2013/dec/06/demolition-flawed-tower-citycenter-delayed-again/?_ga=1.117103683.417196036.1398359244

Harmon Hotel gains reprieve from demolition - December 6, 2013
http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/harmon-hotel-gains-reprieve-demolition

Las Vegas: Never-opened Harmon Hotel can be demolished, judge rules - August 27, 2013
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/27/news/la-trb-las-vegas-harmon-can-be-demolished-citycenter-20130826

Judge approves demolition of flawed CityCenter hotel tower - Friday, August 23, 2013
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/23/nv-vegas-strip-demolition/

After hearing, Nevada Supreme Court weighing decisions on Harmon Hotel's fate - Tuesday, June 4, 2013
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2013/jun/04/after-hearing-nevada-supreme-court-weighing-decisi/?_ga=1.108770375.417196036.1398359244

Nevada high court to hear arguments on Harmon demolition - Tuesday, June 4, 2013
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/04/nevada-high-court-hear-arguments-vegas-hotel/

Contractors to begin dismantling portions of the Harmon this week - Wednesday, March 27, 2013
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2013/mar/27/contractors-begin-dismantling-portions-harmon-week/?_ga=1.75796560.417196036.1398359244

MGM asks for quick decision on flawed Vegas hotel - Thursday, February 7, 2013
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/feb/07/nv-vegas-strip-demolition/

Unfinished Luxury Tower Is Stark Reminder of Las Vegas’s Economic Reversal - January 22, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/us/unfinished-tower-in-las-vegas-is-symbol-of-a-reversal.html?_r=1&

Harmon Hotel case to be tied up in court well into 2014 - Tuesday, December 4, 2012
http://www.vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/dec/04/harmon-hotel-case-be-tied-court-well-2014/

CityCenter appeals order that could delay demolition of Harmon tower - Friday, October 26, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/2012/oct/26/citycenter-appeals-order-could-delay-demolition-ha/?_ga=1.151753596.417196036.1398359244

Court temporarily blocks questioning of PR consultants in Harmon tower lawsuit - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/oct/16/court-temporarily-blocks-questioning-pr-consultant/?_ga=1.180993890.417196036.1398359244

Court asked to stop probe of CityCenter PR activities for the Harmon - Thursday, October 11, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/oct/11/court-asked-stop-probe-citycenter-pr-activities-ha/?_ga=1.180993890.417196036.1398359244

Builder says CityCenter spinning story of flawed Harmon tower to influence potential jurors - Friday, September 14, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/2012/sep/14/builder-says-citycenter-spinning-story-flawed-harm/?_ga=1.145848305.417196036.1398359244

CityCenter considering more testing to prove Harmon defects - Saturday, July 28, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/jul/28/citycenter-considering-more-testing-prove-harmon-d/?_ga=1.145848305.417196036.1398359244

After Harmon is imploded, what will take its place at CityCenter? - Monday, July 23, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/gaming/2012/jul/23/after-harmon-imploded-what-will-take-its-place-cit/?_ga=1.145848305.417196036.1398359244

Judge gives OK to raze flawed Harmon hotel tower - Harmon Tower Attorney - Thursday, July 19, 2012
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jul/19/judge-gives-ok-raze-flawed-harmon-hotel-tower/

CityCenter back in court seeking OK to demolish Harmon tower - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/jul/17/citycenter-back-court-seeking-ok-demolish-harmon-t/?_ga=1.146052849.417196036.1398359244

After lengthy hearing, it's clearer than ever that Harmon is doomed to demolition - Sunday, March 18, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/2012/mar/18/after-lengthy-hearing-its-clearer-ever-harmon-doom/?_ga=1.74693719.417196036.1398359244

Harmon implosion hearing recessed until July - Friday, March 16, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/mar/16/harmon-implosion-hearing-recessed-until-july/?_ga=1.41074535.417196036.1398359244

Perini lawyer says Harmon is safe; thorny issues compel call for more hearings - Harmon Tower lawyer - Thursday, March 15, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/mar/15/perini-lawyer-says-harmon-safe-thorny-issues-compe/?_ga=1.141717623.417196036.1398359244

Judge in Harmon case refuses to allow attorneys to place blame - Harmon Tower Attorney - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/news/2012/mar/13/judge-harmon-case-refuses-allow-attorneys-place-bl/?_ga=1.141717623.417196036.1398359244

A quake could topple the Harmon, engineer testifies in Strip case - MGM Resorts, Perini square off in first day of court clash - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2012/mar/13/quake-could-topple-harmon-engineer-testifies-demol/?_ga=1.141717623.417196036.1398359244

Harmon Tower demolition hearing set for March - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/2011/dec/14/harmon-tower-demolition-hearing-set-march/?_ga=1.145921777.417196036.1398359244

Attorney update: Subcontractors fight Harmon demolition plan - Tuesday, November 29, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/gaming/2011/nov/29/subcontractors-fight-harmon-demolition-plan/?_ga=1.145921777.417196036.1398359244

Vegas motorcyclist loses appeal, complaint dismissed in Harmon Tower case - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/nov/16/vegas-motorcyclist-loses-appeal/

CityCenter seeks to collect evidence at Harmon before implosion - Thursday, October 27, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/2011/oct/27/citycenter-seeks-collect-evidence-harmon-its-implo/?_ga=1.71932758.417196036.1398359244

Supreme Court ruling may get CityCenter lawsuit moving again - Thursday, October 20, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/2011/oct/20/supreme-court-ruling-may-get-citycenter-lawsuit-mo/?_ga=1.71932758.417196036.1398359244

Out with a bang: 10 Strip implosions - Thursday, August 25, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/news/2011/aug/25/out-bang-10-strip-implosions/?_ga=1.185260908.417196036.1398359244

Getting OK to implode the Harmon proving to be monumental task - Thursday, August 25, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/gaming/2011/aug/25/imploding-harmon-proving-be-monumental-task/?_ga=1.185260908.417196036.1398359244

MGM Resorts seeks to demolish CityCenter's Harmon Hotel - Proposed timetable calls for demolition to be completed in 6 months - Monday, August 15, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/2011/aug/15/mgm-county-demolish-harmon/?_ga=1.78884945.417196036.1398359244

Legal skirmish over flawed Harmon may never reveal defect blame - Tuesday, August 9, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/2011/aug/09/legal-skirmish-over-flawed-harmon-may-never-resolv/?_ga=1.78884945.417196036.1398359244

MGM: CityCenter sound, apart from Harmon hotel tower lawsuit- Saturday, July 23, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/gaming/2011/jul/23/citycenter-sound-apart-harmon/?_ga=1.78884945.417196036.1398359244

Foster’s Half-Built Harmon Hotel in Vegas Beyond Repair, Says Report - MGM Resorts and general contractor Perini are embroiled in a lawsuit over the Harmon Hotel’s allegedly defective construction. July 14, 2011
http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2011/07/110714-Vegas-Hotel.asp

MGM, contractor spar over CityCenter's Harmon hotel - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
http://vegasinc.com/business/legal/2011/jul/12/mgm-contractor-spar-over-harmon/?_ga=1.78763857.417196036.1398359244

Engineer: CityCenter's Harmon would collapse in earthquake - Monday, July 11, 2011
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jul/11/nv-citycenter-harmon/

MGM Resorts targets Harmon Hotel for demolition - November 13, 2010
http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/mgm-resorts-targets-harmon-hotel-demolition

Perini attorney files $492 million lawsuit against MGM Mirage over CityCenter work - March 27, 2010
http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/perini-files-492-million-lawsuit-against-mgm-mirage-over-citycenter-work

Harmon inspector lacked experience - CONSTRUCTION: At hearing, he said he read building plans in prior jobs only with help - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/01/harmon-inspector-lacked-experience/

Harmon flaws haven’t brought big fallout - DAILY MEMO: citycenter lawyer: County hearings on inspections delayed  - Wednesday, May 27, 2009
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/27/harmon-flaws-havent-brought-big-fallout/

Perini redirects blame for errors at Harmon - CONSTRUCTION: Company president: Design flaws mishandled by subcontractor, inspectors - Monday, February 9, 2009
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/feb/09/perini-redirects-blame-errors-harmon/

Adaptation or 'disaster'? ARCHITECTURE: Depends on your view of the Harmon, from the street or of its ultimate design - Sunday, February 8, 2009
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/feb/08/adaptation-or-disaster/

Harmon condo cancellation helps some, hurts others - Friday, January 16, 2009
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jan/16/harmon-condo-cancellation-helps-some-and-hurts-others/

How did CityCenter tower flaws persist? - Failed safeguards puzzle county inspections official - Thursday, January 8, 2009
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jan/08/how-did-tower-flaws-persist/