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Electric problems lead to business litigation in Atlanta

Quality Investment Properties (QIP) operates a datacenter in Atlanta. In June 2011, while doing some testing, an apparent electrical failure caused significant damage to equipment and the electrical system. QIP filed business litigation in federal court on Dec. 23 against the parties it believes are responsible for the damages.

Construction of the $87 million facility was done in 2007, and the datacenter will be home to companies such as Twitter, which is reportedly going to occupy 100,000 square feet of the facility. Inglett & Stubbs LLC was responsible for the installation of the electrical systems during the construction. The manufacturer of the equipment used is Eaton Corp. It is QIP's contention that these two companies are responsible for the more than $5 million worth of claimed damage to the facility.

During the testing, there was a sudden and unexpected explosion in the C2 Switchgear equipment. What is described in court documents as a "catastrophic arching fault" caused fire within the switchgear to the point where flames were coming out the top of the equipment. The result was a power outage and damage not only to the switchgear, but also to a substantial amount of wiring that ran through five ducts and numerous circuit breakers.

Atlanta businesses that construct or renovate their facilities typically rely on the knowledge of contractors and subcontractors. Materials and equipment used are assumed to be in good working order when installed. Unfortunately, errors occur from time to time and damage can result. When that happens, successfully pursuing business litigation may provide a company with a monetary award to cover the costs associated with fixing the problem such as new equipment, labor and even reimbursement for the time the business was not in operation during any necessary repairs.

Source: bizjournals.com, Datacenter operator QIP sues over faulty Atlanta facility, David Allison, Dec. 27, 2013

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