A federal judge on Monday ordered California architects board members to pay more than $1 billion to a contractor that helped design the state’s tallest building.
The Federal Election Commission filed a complaint in San Francisco federal court, saying the board members “condoned” the firm, which built the iconic Eiffel monument at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, to subcontract to a rival firm.
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Mark Lauterbach, said the company was “just as guilty as the architects of this debacle” and that it was “a slap in the face to taxpayers.”
A federal judge in San Jose ordered the contractors, who were hired in 2016, to pay $1 million to a subcontractor to restore and restore the structure and pay $500,000 to cover attorney’s fees, court filings show.
The contractors did not respond to requests for comment.
A statement from the California Public Employees Retirement System said the plaintiffs are asking the court to dismiss the case and to prevent the payment.
“The public deserves the truth and justice about the architects and their conduct,” the statement said.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the plaintiffs in the case are seeking more than a dozen classes of damages, including punitive damages.
The suit is seeking a jury trial.