NEW YORK ThyssenKrupp
Steel USA LLCs motion to quash a subpoena in its lawsuit
against a Georgia contractor has been denied by a judge, who
transferred the motion to an Alabama court.
A U.S. District Court judge in
Georgia denied the steelmakers motion to exclude a
subpoena for testimony that the contractor, Austell, Ga.-based
United Forming Inc., had served on a consulting firm hired by
ThyssenKrupp Steel USA for its hot-strip mill project. United
Forming had requested documents from Navigant Consulting Inc.
for pending litigation in U.S. District Court in Alabama.
ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, a
subsidiary of Essen, Germany-based steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG,
had filed a complaint in Alabama against United Forming seeking
more than $75,000 for alleged defects at its Steel Americas
facility in Calvert, Ala.
United Forming, a specialty
concrete construction firm, entered two separate contracts to
provide services to ThyssenKrupp Steel USA as it built the
hot-strip mill and a cold-rolling mill at Calvert, according to
court documents. "UFIs performance under the contract was
flawedso much so that a separate, exhaustive process was
created just to address the numerous defects in UFIs
work," counsel for the steelmaker said in its original
complaint, filed May 1.
United Forming alleged in its
counterclaim that ThyssenKrupp did not pay for work done at the
cold-rolling mill and requested that the Alabama court enter a
judgment against the steelmaker for $19.4 million for services
The Georgia judge transferred
ThyssenKrupps motion to quash evidence to the southern
district of Alabama, according to court documents.