The firm successfully defended a major surety in a Mississippi state court case involving a public contract with a local port authority for the reclamation of a lead-contaminated parcel of land.   The port authority accused the contractor of fraud and alleged that the surety, the contractor, and the engineer who designed the project were liable for breach of contract and under various other legal theories.  The port authority also sought damages from the surety in excess of the penal sum of the bond.  Although the contractor was accused of producing false invoices to the port authority, the firm was able to successfully defend the claims against the surety, and ultimately, the matter was resolved favorably for the firm's client in a confidential mediation.