SINGAPORE, September 13, 2018: Morgan Lewis obtained an absolute victory before the High Court of the Republic of Singapore on behalf of engineering consultancy Arup Singapore Private Limited, which consulted on the building of Singapore’s 45-story Centennial Tower. The lawsuit was brought by the building’s owner following the collapse of two, 500-pound granite panels from its façade in 2004 and 2011.
The case, Millenia Pte v Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd & ors  SGHC 193, involved five parties and four legal teams. Justice Quentin Loh accepted all of the Morgan Lewis team’s arguments and dismissed all claims raised against Arup by both the plaintiff and the other four co-defendants. The High Court also ruled that the building owner should indemnify Arup for its legal costs incurred in defending the third-party claims brought by the three other co-defendants. In nearly 60 days, 33 witnesses—including 16 façade, vibration, geo technical, and quantum experts—were consulted in the hard-fought and complex trial.
Daniel Chia, a director of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, represented Arup. Associates Amarjit Kaur, Ker Yanguang, and Kenneth Kong provided support.