Fredrikson & Byron Obtains $12.8 Million Award for H.B. Fuller Company Against Accenture for Software Implementation Failure

February 23, 2016

H.B. Fuller, a leading global industrial adhesives manufacturer, needed a trial team to lead a complex arbitration against industry giant Accenture for failing to lead the company’s global ERP (enterprise resource planning software) implementation. The timeline to trial was very short and expertise with software implementation was essential. 

After a 12-day trial, the arbitrator ruled in H.B. Fuller’s favor and awarded damages of $12.8 million. The arbitrator also ruled that H.B. Fuller did not owe $1.4 million in fees, bringing the total monetary relief to over $14 million.

Greg Karpenko, who led the trial team of Tim O’Shea and Jessica Edwards, says that the Arbitrator’s award “appropriately recognized that Accenture failed to uphold its leadership obligations on this project.  We were very pleased to represent H.B. Fuller in this significant litigation and to deliver a win for the Company and its employees.” 

Tim Keenan, General Counsel for H.B. Fuller, commented: “This was already a fast-track arbitration proceeding when our current lawyers advised us that they had a conflict with the scheduled arbitration dates. We needed a new team of lawyers that could prepare an extremely complex case against a formidable opponent in less than four months. The Fredrikson team not only delivered, but exceeded all of my expectations. In my 30-year career, this is the most professional and effective team of litigators I have worked with, and the outcome is only one testament to that fact.” 

Read the Star Tribune's article here.