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Construction Defects

Unstable Foundations: Following Industry Standards During Design Not Enough to Absolve Design/Build Contractor of Liability -...

MT Højgaard A/S (Respondent) v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited, involved the construction of foundation structures for an offshore wind farm. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom analyzed whether a...more

Nevada Supreme Court Affirms that Arbitration Agreements in CC&Rs are Binding and Enforceable

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In a win for residential developers seeking an alternative forum to resolve construction-defect claims, the Nevada Supreme Court rules that arbitration agreements in CC&Rs are enforceable. Based on the following, the court...more

Under Colorado House Bill 17-1279, HOA Boards Now Must Get Members’ Informed Consent Before Bringing A Construction Defect Action

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Last year, I wrote a post calling attention to stalled efforts in the Colorado legislature to pass meaningful construction defect reform. Shortly thereafter, the legislature got it done in the form of House Bill 17-1279....more

New York Insurance Law: Under Construction

Imagine you hired a general contractor to renovate the master bathroom of your home. The general contractor hired a subcontractor to do the plumbing work, but the subcontractor botched the job, resulting in a massive leak...more

House and Senate Pass Bills To Prevent Condo Developers From Limiting Construction Defect Claims

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Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed legislation that would prevent condominium developers from including provisions in the project’s governing documents that limit the ability of unit owners to bring...more

Massachusetts Condominium Developers Have Increased Exposure

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision held that condominium developers cannot create a condominium that “makes it extraordinarily difficult or even impossible for the trustees to initiate any litigation...more

California Supreme Court’s Unanimous Holding In Mcmillin Albany LLC V. Superior Court: Affirming Builders’ And Developers’ Right...

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McMillin Albany LLC, et al., v. The Superior Court of Kern County, Respondent; Carl Van Tassel, et al., Real Parties in Interest - Case No. S229762; January 18, 2018 - This case decided whether common law actions...more

California’s Right To Repair Act Is The Sole Remedy For Damages For Construction Defects In New Residential Construction

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The California Supreme Court ruled in McMillin Albany LLC et al. v. The Superior Court of Kern County, (1/18/2018) 4 cal. 5th 241, that California’s Right to Repair Act, California Civil Code sections 895 et seq. (“Act”) is...more

JSH Reporter - Fall 2017

It has been over one year since our last issue, and we are pleased to share several resources with you, including important case summaries, law updates, attorney-authored articles, and firm news and events. Please see full...more

The Residential Construction Liability Act may Affect your Post-Harvey Dispute

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and other episodes of flooding in Texas, many Texans are currently engaging residential contractors for the repairs and/or renovations of their damaged homes. Unfortunately, some of these...more

Top Developments – February 2017

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JP Energy Marketing, LLC v. Commerce & Industry Insurance Company, et al., No. 115285, 2018 Okla. LEXIS 11 (Okla. Feb. 5, 2018) - Oklahoma Supreme Court in a case of first impression authorizes an award of appeal-related...more

Complex Insurance Coverage Reporter – February 2018

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An Insurer’s Guide to Reserving Rights: Tips for Avoiding Waiver and Estoppel - Insurers know all too well that the penalties for an ineffective reservation of rights letter can be severe...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies That “Right To Repair Act” Is Exclusive Remedy For Both Economic Loss And Property Damage...

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McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, No. S229762, 2018 Cal. LEXIS 211 (Jan. 18, 2018) - Several homeowners (“Plaintiffs”) brought suit against developer/general contractor McMillin Albany LLC (“McMillin”) for alleged...more

Contractors Beware: Your Subcontractor Provided Additional Insured Coverage may have Gaps.

Construction contracts generally require subcontractors to extend additional insured status on the subcontractor’s policies for the benefit of the contractor who relies on this coverage to protect it from claims arising out...more

California Supreme Court Holds that the Right to Repair Act is a Homeowner’s Exclusive Remedy for Damages Arising from...

In McMillin Albany LLC et al. v. The Superior Court of Kern County (Van Tassel) [Case No. S229762], the California Supreme Court held that California Civil Code §§ 895 et seq. (the “Right to Repair Act”) provides the...more

Right to Repair Act Strengthened and Upheld by California Supreme Court

On January 18, 2018, in McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court published a closely followed decision resolving a lower court split interpreting California’s Right to Repair Act (S.B. 800, Civ....more

Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law

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Contractual liability limitations are a means of managing risk in construction contracts. Depending on the type of project, the type of possible damages, and the availability (or unavailability) of insurance, liability...more

And the Winner Is . . . The Right to Repair Act!

Civil litigation attorneys often talk about “damages.” Because without damages . . . well . . . you’re out of luck....more

Spot the defect

by Hogan Lovells on

A County Court decision has examined whether a deed which failed for invalid execution can survive as a simple agreement and whether, when that defect is apparent on the face of the deed, a party seeking to rely on that deed...more

Look Beneath The Surface: No Coverage For DC Row House Collapse Under Builder’s Risk Policy

by Carlton Fields on

The interpretation of a property insurance policy may seem like a dull endeavor, but courts sometimes face fundamental questions about what words mean, or how we conceptualize cause and effect. In Taja Investments LLC v....more

Maryland General Assembly Again Considers Precluding Condo Developers From Limiting Construction Defect Claims

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Both the Senate and House of Delegates are considering legislation that would preclude a condominium developer from including provisions in the community’s governing documents or the sales contracts that limit the ability of...more

Applying Florida’s “Eight Corners Rule,” Eleventh Circuit Finds that Insurer Has a Duty to Defend Claim That Insured’s Faulty...

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Addison Ins. Co. v. 4000 Island Blvd. Condo. Ass’n, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 26870 (11th Cir. Dec. 28, 2017) - The owner of a high-rise condominium building in Florida hired a contractor to replace the building’s concrete...more

Washington Legislature to Consider Reforms to Statute Governing Residential Construction Disputes

by Lane Powell PC on

Efforts are now underway in both houses of the Washington legislature to improve the legal landscape for condominium construction defect litigation by adding a mediation option similar to what has been common in commercial...more

Builders' Right To Repair Pre-Litigation Affirmed as Exclusive Remedy By Supreme Court

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of California in McMillin Albany LLC et al., v. The Superior Court of Kern County (Supreme Court Case No. S229762, California Official Reports citation pending) unanimously held that the...more

California Supreme Court Holds the Right to Repair Act Provides Exclusive Remedy for Construction Defect Claims

by Wilson Elser on

On January 18, 2018, the California Supreme Court resolved 15 years of debate when it issued McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, S229762 (2018) __ Cal.4th __. In a broadly worded decision, the Court unequivocally held that...more

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