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Mayflower Renewable Energy, Inc.

Mayflower Renewable Energy was an alternative energy project developer with a plan to make ethanol out of wood chips instead of corn — a pricey commodity with obvious drawbacks as a source of alternative energy. Mayflower selected a global engineering firm to provide the biogasification technology, which would heat the wood to extract gas from the material, then subject the gas to a catalyst, turning the gas into ethanol. After two years of work, the engineers abandoned the project without explanation. Mayflower sunk. There was no written contract between the parties, no profit history at Mayflower, and a complex scientific overlay to the case. Despite these challenges, we obtained a settlement for Mayflower in 2011 on witness testimony, emails and financial projections.

Mayflower Renewable Energy, Inc. v. Black & Veatch Corporation, No. 09-CV-11036, District Court of Johnson County, Kansas.