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Morgan Lewis Secures Trial Win in Singapore High Court Data Center Design Case

May 15, 2019

SINGAPORE, May 15 – Morgan Lewis Stamford secured a trial victory for engineering firm Arup against claims brought by global data center operator Global Switch.

The claims centered on whether Arup had adequately designed the electrical, mechanical, and cooling systems of the data center and if a power surge leading to disruption could be attributed to Arup’s design. The Singapore High Court dismissed all claims against Arup save for nominal damages and ordered Global Switch to pay Arup’s fees.

The highly technical trial marked the first time that issues relating to designing a data center were brought before courts in Singapore. The decision spanned 250 pages and took more than 18 months to write.

Daniel Chia, a Morgan Lewis partner and director of Morgan Lewis Stamford, led the team representing Arup. The team included associates Ker Yanguang and Annette Liu.