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Buesing Corp. v. Helix Electric of Nevada LLC

United States District Court, D. Nevada

October 23, 2019

Buesing Corporation, an Arizona Corporation, Plaintiff,
v.
Helix Electric Of Nevada, LLC, a Nevada Limited Liability Company, dba Helix Electric, Defendants. AND RELATED COUNTERCLAIMS

          DICKINSON WRIGHT PLLC Cynthia L. Alexander, EJ. Gregory Cahill, Attorneys for Buesing Corporation

          PARKER, NELSON & ASSOCIATES, CHTD. Theodore Parker, III, Esq. Shana D. Weir, Esq Attorneys for Helix Electric of Nevada, LLC.

          AMENDED PRETRIAL ORDER

         After pretrial proceedings in this case, IT IS ORDERED:

         I.

         This is an action for Breach of Contract. Plaintiff/Counter-defendant Buesing Corporation (“Buesing”) contends that Defendant/Counterclaimant Helix Electrical of Nevada, LLC (“Helix”) breached the parties' contract (“Contract”) by wrongfully terminating Buesing entitling Buesing to damages. Helix contends that it properly terminated Buesing and/or that Buesing abandoned its work entitling Helix to damages.

         II.

         Statement of Jurisdiction. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1332(a)(1) in that the matter in dispute is between citizens of two different states and the amount in controversy exceeds the jurisdictional minimum of $75, 000. Venue is proper before this Court pursuant to the Contract and 28 U.S.C. §1391(b) in that the actions giving rise to the matter occurred in Henderson, Nevada.

         III.

         The following facts are admitted by the parties and require no proof:

         1. On September 1, 2015, Helix entered into the “River Mountains Solar Project Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contract” with NVT Licenses, LLC (“Sun Edison”) for the construction of a solar power plant in Henderson, Nevada (“Project”).

         2. Sun Edison was the Project Owner.

         3. Helix was the Project Contractor.

         4. On August 7, 2015, Helix entered into a “Subcontract Agreement” (“Contract”) with Buesing for the performance of certain work on the Project.

         5. The Contract price was Three Hundred and Thirteen Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Six Dollars ($313, 296).

         6. Buesing began pile installation on August 31, 2015.

         7. Change Order Modifications 01 and 02 increased the Contract price to $462, 987.

         8. On October 16, 2015, Helix gave Buesing notice that it was terminating the Contract for “failure to perform and job abandonment."

         IV.

         The following facts, though not admitted, will not be contested at trial by evidence to the contrary: N/A.

         V.

         The following are the issues of fact to be tried and determined at trial:

         A. Whether Helix improperly terminated Buesing and, if so, what are Buesing's damages.

         B. Whether Helix properly terminated Buesing and, if so, what are Helix's damages.

         VI.

         The following are the issues of law to be tried and determined at trial:

         A. Whether Helix improperly terminated Buesing and, if so, what are Buesing's damages.

         B. Whether Helix properly terminated Buesing and, if so, what are Helix's damages.

         (a) The following exhibits are stipulated into evidence in this case and may be so marked by the clerk:

         1. Subcontract between Buesing and Helix dated August 7, 2015 - BUESING 000379-0415.

         2. Ninyo & Moore Geotechnical Evaluation Report dated December 19, 2014 -BUESING000074-0181.

         3. Ninyo & Moore Pile Load Testing Report dated April 23, 2015 -BUESING000056-0073.

         4. Ninyo & Moore Concrete Encased Pile Foundation Test results dated October 23, 2015 - BUESING002193-2195.

         5. Ninyo & Moore Addendum Geotechnical Recommendations dated December 16, 2015 - BUESING002191-2192.

         6. SNWA River Mountains Solar Project Plan Sheet S-002.

         7. SNWA River Mountains Solar Project Plan Sheet S-003 - BUESING000040.

         8. SNWA River Mountains Solar Project Plan Sheet S-502 - BUESING000041.

         9. SNWA River Mountains Solar Project Specifications Schedule 2 - BUESING000016-0026.

         10. SNWA River Mountains Solar Project Clearing and Demolition Plan sheet, Arch “D.” 11. Executed Subcontract Mod # 1 dated September 23, 2015 -BUESING000422 and BUESING000470.

         12. Executed Subcontract Mod # 2 dated September 24, 2015 - BUESING000420 and BUESING000471.

         13. Dave Brock letter to Buesing dated October 12, 2015 - BUESING000809-0810.

         (1) Plaintiff's Exhibits.

         1. River Mountains Solar Project Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contract dated September 1, 2015 - SUNEHelix03081700001121 - 1195.

         2. Exhibit A to Declaration of Bryon Matesi filed in support of Buesing's Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.

         3. Waylon Anglin e-mail dated September 10, 2015 - BUESING000881-0882.

         4. Dave Brock e-mail dated September 10, 2015 - BUESING000900-0903.

         5. Waylon Anglin e-mail dated September 11, 2015 - BUESING000900.

         6. Dave Brock email dated September 14, 2015 - BUESING00898-0900.

         7. Waylon Anglin email dated September 15, 2015 - BUESING00898-0899.

         8. Dave Brock email dated September 15, 2015 - BUESING00898-0899.

         9. Mark Smith e-mail dated September 22, 2015 with Subcontract Mod # 1 - BUESING000876-0878.

         10. Ken Wade e-mail dated September 22, 2015 - SUNEHelix03081700001948.

         11. Ed Seward text photograph dated September 22, 2015 BUESING000873.

         12. Waylon Anglin e-mail dated September 23, 2015 - BUESING000876.

         13. Dave Brock e-mail dated September 23, 2015 - BUESING000909.

         14. Mark Smith e-mail dated September 23, 2015 - BUESING000912.

         15. Dave Brock, Waylon Anglin, and Adam Gudgeon e-mail exchange of September 24, 2015 - BUESING000911-0912.

         16. Dave Brock e-mail dated September 18, 2015 - BUESING 001067.

         17. Bryon Matesi e-mail dated September 23, 2015 with attachment - BUESING001067-1069.

         18. Dave Brock e-mail dated September 23, 2015 -SUNEHelix03081700000082-0085.

         19. Dave Brock e-mail dated September 24, 2015 - BUESING000906.

         20. Waylon Anglin/Adam Gudgeon/Dave Brock e-mail exchange of October 2, 2015 - BUESING000913-0914.

         21. SunEdison letter dated October 5, 2015 - SUNEHelix03081700000086-0088.

         22. Ed Seward e-mail dated October 5, 2015 - BUESING000875.

         23. Armando Martinez e-mail dated October 6, 2016 - SUNEHelix03081700000082-0085.

         24. Dave Brock/Waylon Anglin e-mail exchange dated October 7-8, 2015 - BUESING000904-0905.

         25. Bryon Matesi e-mail of October 9, ...


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