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Colorado House Bill 1279 stalls over 120-day unit owner election period

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the session more than halfway through, the Colorado Legislature’s 2017 attempts at meaningful construction defect reform may fail again. This year, the Legislature did not attempt a single-bill construction defect...more

Homebuilder Guaranty Fund Claims, an Informal Way for Home Purchasers to File Claims Against Homebuilders

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

If someone who purchases a home believes their home was improperly constructed, they may file a claim against the Homebuilder Guarantee Fund to recover any monetary losses they suffer. In order to recover from the...more

CSST Found to Be Ordinary Building Material under Virginia’s Statute of Repose – For a Second Time

by Wilson Elser on

In a recent decision, the Circuit Court for Spotsylvania County, Virginia, found that OmegaFlex, a manufacturer of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST), which is used in residential gas supply systems, was entitled to the...more

Separation Panes: Emerging Litigation Over Window Sealant

by WilmerHale on

Relatively few people in the commercial construction industry are kept up at night by polyisobutylene (PIB) — the synthetic rubber sealant commonly used to provide a long term and durable moisture barrier for insulated glass...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: IV. PRACTICE ISSUES

by Field Law on

The principles for extending the limitation period for filing Third Party Notices - Condominium Corporation No 0425636 v Amyotte’s Plumbing, 2015 ABQB 801, per Master Schulz...more

Waivers of implied warranty strengthened for condo, home builders in Illinois

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In two recent builder-friendly decisions, the First District and Supreme Court of Illinois have ruled that the standard conspicuous waiver of the implied warranty of habitability found in most builders’ sales agreements: 1)...more

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Opinion Impacts General Contractor's Statutory Indemnity Rights Against Manufacturers of...

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding the ability of general contractors to seek indemnity from manufacturers of defective products. In Centerpoint Builders GP, LLC v. Trussway, Ltd., the...more

Texas Supreme Court Narrows the Ability of General Contractors to Seek Chapter 82 Indemnity for Product Claims

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 17, the Texas Supreme Court further clarified the definition of the word "seller" in Chapter 82 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (known as the Texas Products Liability Act), which was intended to provide...more

Section 489.128 - Unlicensed Window Installation Contractor Avoids Construction Defect Claims Based On Florida's Statute Of...

by Carlton Fields on

Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently considered a window installation contractor’s defense to a homeowners' construction defect claims based on the statute of limitations. The homeowners argued that the four-year...more

First Circuit Denies Review in Building Products Case

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On October 2, 2015, we posted about the District of Massachusetts' denial of class certification in a case in which we represent a building products company that sold allegedly defective decking. We're pleased to announce...more

Is it the Dawning of the Age of Strict Products Liability for Contractors in California?

It was the Age of Aquarius. And everything was changing. Politically, socially . . . and legally. Through the 19th Century the doctrine of caveat emptor, literally “let the buyer beware,” was the rule of law. Under...more

Subcontractor Performing Services may be Liable in Strict Liability For Purchasing and Installing Defective Products in Fulfilling...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Jovana Hernandezcueva v. E. F. Brady Company, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four (December 22, 2015) - The doctrine of strict liability is ordinarily inapplicable to transactions...more

Florida Supreme Court Embraces “Consumer-Expectation” Test for Design Defect Claims

by Wilson Elser on

The Florida Supreme Court recently issued a significant decision that will affect all strict product liability/design defect cases litigated in Florida. In Aubin v. Union Carbide, decided October 29, 2015, the Court rejected...more

Construction Defect – Pre-Litigation Procedures of the “Right to Repair Act”

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

McMillin Albany LLC, et al. v. The Superior Court of Kern County - California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (August 26, 2015) - Civil Code section 896 (§ 896) is part of a statutory scheme commonly...more

Class Certification Victory in Building Products Case

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a case that should be of interest to manufacturers and distributors, and especially to suppliers of building products, lawyers from our class action defense team recently defeated class certification in a building products...more

Reports of the Death of SB800 are Greatly Exaggerated – The Court of Appeal Revives Mandatory SB800 Procedures

In a 20 page opinion, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth District repudiated the holding of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (“Liberty Mutual”), and held that plaintiffs in...more

Let Freedom of Contract Ring - NC Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Long-Term Express Warranties

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In the summer of 2013, a divided North Carolina Court of Appeals caused a stir in the construction community when it held in Christie v. Hartley Construction, Inc., 745 S.E.2d 60 (N.C. App. 2013) (hereinafter “Christie 1”)...more

Dallas Appeals Court Renders Take-Nothing Judgment for Insurer in Construction Defect Case

by Cozen O'Connor on

In Dallas National Insurance Co. v. Calitex Corp., —S.W.3d—, 2015 WL 968308 (Tex. App.—Dallas Mar. 3, 2015, no pet. h.), the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a trial court judgment finding coverage for almost $700,000 in...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus: California renewable energy zone plan gets revamp after criticism: Reuters - Mar 10: An ambitious plan to put California's renewable energy projects in areas where the environment will...more

Is Laminate Flooring The New Drywall For Insurers?

by Zelle LLP on

Recent media reports alleging that certain laminate flooring manufactured in China and distributed in the U.S. contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde may have a familiar and frightening ring to them, particularly for insurers...more

Insurance Recovery Law - February 2015

California Court Adopts Broad Interpretation of “Occurrence,” Finds Coverage - Why it matters: In a victory for policyholders—and a continuation of the trend of courts adopting a broad reading of the term “occurrence”...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Right to Construction Defect Remedies Involving Residential Units with Previously Occupied Spaces

In Oxbow Constr., LLC v. Eight Judicial Dist. Ct., 2014 Nev. LEXIS 109, 130 Nev. Adv. Rep. 86 (Nev. Oct. 16, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court considered issues regarding class-action certification and the availability of...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Review of Faulty Workmanship Decision

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court let stand the appellate decision in Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., which held that mold related health problems and property damage allegedly...more

Indiana: New Home Warranties Must Be Insured

by Cozen O'Connor on

When faced with a subrogation loss involving a new or fairly new house, and a potential construction defect that caused the loss, one of the first things to look for is how warranties can help or hurt your case. Did the...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Suit Alleging Drug Distributor Was a “Pill Mill” Requires Defense - Why it matters: A Kentucky federal court held that the claimed impact in a suit brought by the West Virginia Attorney General – alleging that...more

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