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Trendy Building Material May Cause Future Problems

We all remember the litigation nightmare surrounding synthetic stucco or EIFS (exterior insulation finish systems) in the recent past. Now, commentators worry that Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer, also known as manufactured...more

Is the Retroactive Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims Constitutional?

by Payne & Fears on

With the February 24, 2015, enactment of Assembly Bill 125 (2015 Nevada Laws, Ch. 2), much has changed in the world of residential construction defect litigation. One of the most dramatic shifts has been the reduction of the...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

by Cozen O'Connor on

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Drywall Claims Arose Out of Single Occurrence

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Devon International, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20659 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying Pennsylvania law,...more

Is An Arbitration Provision In Recorded CC&Rs Ever Enforceable By The Developer?

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Note To Reader: As this article goes to press, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has received the parties’ supplemental briefs, and is preparing to rehear Villa Vicenza Homeowners Association v. Nobel Court Development,...more

Procedural Requirements of California's "Fix It" Law Upheld

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently held that construction-defect plaintiffs must provide developers with notice and an opportunity to repair before filing suit. This holding in Standard Pacific Corporation v....more

2008 Amendment to §2782 - Special Issue by Ray Coates

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

The Legislature has made another attempt to try to correct the indemnification mess in the residential construction arena. This is its third attempt. In 2005, the Legislature changed the framework for analysis of...more

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