California Court of Appeal Opens Doors for Construction Defect Claims Outside of the Right to Repair Act
Condo Water Invasion: Potential Medical Liability?
In Stephens & Stephens XII v. Fireman's Fund Ins. (No. A135938, filed November 24, 2014), the plaintiffs obtained property insurance on a warehouse. Within a month, it was discovered to be stripped of all wiring and metal....more
In Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Cannon Ranch Partners, Inc., 2014 Fla. App. LEXIS 17033 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Oct. 17, 2014), the Second District reversed a Hillsborough trial court’s denial of Cincinnati Insurance...more
On September 19th, a federal court in Pennsylvania held that a wall collapse was not fortuitous because the insureds knew that the wall was unstable and likely to fall and yet took no steps to correct the problem. ...more
The California Court of Appeals recently issued two decisions holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (“SB 800”) is not the exclusive remedy for a homeowner seeking damages for construction defects that have also...more
Florida court recently held that the insurer could not rely on a policy requirement that conditioned recovery of the cost of complying with current building codes during reconstruction on having completed the work within two...more
In This Issue:
- Waiver of Privilege: Disturbing Trends
- New Repair Regulations Affect All Taxpayers
- Unclaimed Property – It Is Not a Tax, but It Can Feel Like One
- Excerpt from Waiver of...more
In the case of Robinson v. Mueller released April 1, 2014, the Idaho Court of Appeals covered some new ground and revisited some old ground.
“As between a tenant’s social guest and the landlord--the...more
The Eighth Circuit affirmed a pre-certification summary judgment in favor of Bridgestone Retail Operations in a putative class action where the Plaintiff alleged that in connection with vehicle repairs Bridgestone had...more
Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014).
Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more
This past year I wrote about a case that caused an uproar in the homebuilding industry - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (August 28, 2013) – in which the California Court of...more
Nearly all restaurant tenants face challenges with their lease at some point. Often these challenges come in the form of needed repairs to the property caused by the landlord’s substandard maintenance of the property. The...more
On January 9, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a revised version of previously released Rev. Proc. 2014-12, providing a safe harbor for the allocation of IRC Sec. 47 rehabilitation tax credits in tax credit...more
Provisions contained in the Land Registration Act 2002 were finally implemented from 13 October 2013. From that date, chancel repair liability no longer binds a buyer of land for value (i.e. where a payment in money or in...more
Every lawyer knows that most state court lawsuits fall into a few general categories: slip and falls, auto accidents, employment disputes and collection actions. Year after year after year, the majority of state court...more
In This Issue:
Fuel Taxes Increased to Solve Transportation Funding Shortfall; PA Supreme Court Upholds Rejection of Township Business Privilege Tax; Unclaimed Property - Challenge to Delaware’s Auditing Procedures;...more
In our last issue of PA Tax Law News, we provided a list of arguments raised in Pennsylvania Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Tax and Franchise Tax appeals recently filed with the Commonwealth Court. The purpose of...more
Nearly every estimate submitted on behalf of a Texas building owner for the replacement of a commercial roof includes the same last two line items...
Originally published in Texas Law360 on December 2, 2013....more
Valentine S. Hoy and Timothy M. Hutter discuss a recent California Court of Appeal ruling that found SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the "Right to Repair Act") is not the only remedy for construction defect...more
Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff on how condo owners may address concerns arising from water infiltration in their homes. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld...more
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC
Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (August 28, 2013)
The Right to Repair Act (Code Civ. Proc., sections 896, et seq.) applies to claims for...more
When the Appellate Court's decision came down, the Chicago Tribune called it a "ground-breaking decision that "has stunned the condominium community nationwide." So will the Illinois Supreme Court overturn the Second...more
The recent and tragic flooding in numerous Colorado counties poses a challenge not only to local, state, and federal agencies, but also to the construction community as well. As Coloradans sift through the flood damage, they...more
On August 28, 2013, the California Appellate Court (Fourth District) issued its ruling in the case of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC (Case No. GO46731). Liberty Mutual filed suit against...more
On September 13, 2013, the IRS and Treasury Department released final regulations regarding the deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property. Rules were also released regarding accounting for and...more
In 2002, the California State Legislature enacted S.B. 800 also known as the “Right to Repair Act” (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.).
SB 800, which applies to newly constructed single-family residences sold after...more
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