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Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge attorney Joe Marrs quoted in Houston Business Journal article
Air Liquide in $23M arbitration over hydrogen plant
July 13, 2012 11:51 pm

The Houston Business Journal:

Air Liquide Process & Construction Inc., a Houston division of the French industrial and medical gas provider Air Liquide, is engaged in private arbitration to resolve a $23 million dispute with Turner Industries Group LLC, a Baton Rouge-based industrial construction company.

Turner filed a $23 million mechanic's lien against Air Liquide, according to documents filed in late June with the Harris County Clerk's office, alleging the company provided labor and materials to build the Gulf Coast SMR Hydrogen Plant in La Porte in 2011 as part of the company's contract with Air Liquide. However, Turner claims the bill remains unpaid.

Air Liquide said in a statement that it is optimistic the dispute can be resolved amicably. Turner representatives didn't return HBJ calls or emails.


The amount of the lien is unusual, said Joe Marrs, a Houston-based partner at the Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP law firm.

Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge attorney Joe Marrs in Houston Business Journal article

"With an amount that high, you'd expect to see a lawsuit," he said.

Marrs explained that a mechanic's lien is typically based on a simpler, lower amount, such as roofing services, in a dispute in which the company filing the lien is concerned the property owner may sell it rather than pay the bill.

"I've never seen a $23 million lien," he said.


2012 American City Business Journals.

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