Mealey's Construction Defects

  • May 17, 2018

    Association Cannot Pursue Defects Claims Against Subcontractors, Judge Says

    HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut judge on April 20 dismissed a homeowners association’s claims against four subcontractors accused of construction defects, finding that it lacked standing because the subcontractors were not provided with proper presuit notification (Sherwood Falls Homeowners Association Inc. v. CIL Development of Kensington Inc., et al., No. X07HHDCV166086133S, Conn. Super., Hartford Dist., 2018 Conn. Super. LEXIS 805).

  • May 17, 2018

    Plaintiffs Voluntarily Dismiss Appeal Over Dismissal Of Dimensional Lumber Suit

    CHICAGO — Two men who claimed that a federal judge in Illinois erred when dismissing their class action lawsuit accusing Menard Inc. of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (ICFA) by selling lumber with deceptive labels about the product’s dimensions dismissed their appeal in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 7 (Michael Fuchs, et al. v. Menard Inc., No. 17-3260, 7th Cir.).

  • May 16, 2018

    Washington Appeals Court Panel Finds Association’s Defects Suit Timely

    SEATTLE — A trial court judge’s ruling awarding summary judgment to a developer’s successor based on the statute of limitations was reversed May 14 by a Washington appeals panel that found that a condominium association’s lawsuit under the Washington Condominium Act (WCA) was filed within the four-year statute of limitations because the declarant controlled the association until 2014 (Burien Town Square Condominium Association v. Burien Town Square Parcel 1 LLC, et al., No. 76502-7-I, Wash. App., 1st Div., 2018 Wash. App. LEXIS 1137).

  • May 15, 2018

    Pella Removes Suit Over Leaky Windows, Cites Diversity, Excessive Damages

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Pella Corp. says in a May 11 notice of removal that a man’s state court lawsuit over windows and doors that were allegedly defective because they leaked belongs in federal court in Pennsylvania because he is seeking damages in excess of the $75,000 jurisdictional threshold and because complete diversity exists between the parties (Edward Melhem v. Pella Corp., et al., No. 18-cv-2007, E.D. Pa.).

  • May 15, 2018

    Judge Finds Couple Learned Of Window Defect In 2015, Finds Claims Timely

    BATON ROUGE, La. — A couple’s redhibition claim stating that windows manufactured by Jeld-Wen Inc. that were installed in their home are defective is not prescribed by the statute of limitations, a federal judge in Louisiana ruled May 11, because they did not learn about the alleged defect until 2015 (Ronald Leo, et al. v. Jeld-Wen Inc., No. 16-00605-BAJ-EWD, M.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80179).

  • May 15, 2018

    Homeowners’ Defects Suits Subject To Arbitration, Nevada High Court Rules

    CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Supreme Court on May 10 reversed two rulings denying U.S. Home Corp.’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that the arbitration provisions in sales agreements and covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) between the builder and buyer are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) (U.S. Home Corp. v. Miguel Medina, et al., No. 64604, Nev. Sup., 2018 Nev. Unpub. LEXIS 400).

  • May 14, 2018

    Release Requires Contractor To Indemnify Lumber Liquidators, Judge Finds

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A release agreement between a general contractor and Lumber Liquidators Inc. resolving warranty claims stemming from bamboo flooring that buckled due to the lack of expansion spaces requires the contractor to indemnify the company for allegations brought by the developer of a condominium complex, a Rhode Island trial court judge ruled May 10, finding that terms of the release are unambiguous and enforceable (Providence Capital LLC v. Lumber Liquidators Inc., et al., No. PC-2015-0995, R.I. Super., Providence Co., 2018 R.I. Super. LEXIS 48).

  • May 14, 2018

    Woman: Contractor’s Defects Left Home Uninhabitable For Over 2 Years

    PATTERSON, N.J. — A New Jersey woman sued a contractor in state court on May 4 complaining that his breach of a construction contract and failure to perform work pursuant to architectural designs caused the home to be uninhabitable for over two years (Dori La Cap v. Peco Nikoloski, et al., No. PAS-L-001462-18, N.J. Super., Passaic Co.).

  • May 14, 2018

    Colorado Appeals Panel Says Couple’s Defects Suit Was Filed In Time

    DENVER — A Colorado appellate panel on May 3 upheld a trial court judge’s ruling denying a contractor’s motion for summary judgment in an action brought by a couple accusing it of construction defects, finding that the plaintiffs’ initial lawsuit was timely because it was filed within the two-year limitations period (Brock Curry, et al. v. Zag Built LLC, et al., No. 18CA0018, Colo. App., 2018 Colo. App. LEXIS 647).

  • May 10, 2018

    Association, Homeowners File Class Action Alleging Defective Stucco

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A homeowners association and 29 individual homeowners sued Lennar Homes LLC and a general contractor in a Florida state court April 18 on behalf of a putative class of residents of a 191-home development, contending that stucco on their homes was improperly installed (Emerson Park Homeowners Association Inc., et al. v. Lennar Homes LLC, et al., No. 2018-CA-003910-O , Fla. Cir., Orange Co.).

  • May 9, 2018

    Appeals Court Agrees Couple’s Suit Over Roof Trusses Is Time-Barred

    SPOKANE, Wash. — A couple could have determined that the trusses installed on their custom-built home were defective in 2007 after receiving the engineer-stamped designs, a Washington appeals court ruled May 8, upholding a trial court’s decision that the plaintiffs’ breach of warranty and Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA) claims were barred by the four-year statute of limitations (Terry Schilling, et al. v. ProBuild Co. LLC., et al., No. 34435-5-III, Wash. App., 3rd Div., 2018 Wash. App. LEXIS 1102).

  • May 9, 2018

    Subcontractor Waived Argument Over Jurisdiction In Defects Suit, Panel Finds

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — A subcontractor accused of construction defects waived its argument that it was not properly served with a third-party complaint by a general contractor and an amended complaint from a homeowners association, a Minnesota Court of Appeals panel ruled May 7, holding that the subcontractor waived its argument because it did not pursue it as a means to dismiss the actions (Village Homes of Grandview Square II Association, et al. v. R.E.C. Inc., et al., No. A17-1747, Minn. App., 2018 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 342).

  • May 7, 2018

    Standards Regarding Lumber Size Are Not ‘Common Knowledge,’ Plaintiffs Say

    CHICAGO — Two men who argue that a federal judge in Illinois erred when dismissing their class action suit accusing Menard Inc. of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (ICFA) by misrepresenting the size of dimensional lumber tell the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an April 30 brief that contrary to the retailer’s argument, the industry standards that establish that 4x4s are not actually that size are not common knowledge (Michael Fuchs, et al. v. Menard Inc., No. 17-3260, 7th Cir.).

  • May 3, 2018

    Judge Approves Settlement Of Claims Over Allegedly Defective Decking Material

    NEWARK, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey on April 13 entered final approval of a settlement for claims brought by purchasers of decking material made by Azek Building Products Inc. that allegedly faded and warped before the expiration of the product’s warranty and awarded plaintiffs’ counsel $5.25 million in fees, holding that the terms of the agreement are fair and reasonable (In re: Azek Building Products Inc.; Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2506, D. N.J.).

  • May 1, 2018

    Plaintiff Tells 7th Circuit It Has Jurisdiction Over Dimensional Lumber Ruling

    CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois’ failure to provide the leader of a putative class with ways to amend his lawsuit accusing Home Depot Inc. of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (IFCA) when selling lumber that is inaccurately labeled gives the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals jurisdiction over his request to review the ruling, the man says in a jurisdictional brief filed April 26 (Mikhail Abramov, et al. v. Home Depot Inc., No. 18-1779, 7th Cir.).

  • May 1, 2018

    Couple Says Builder’s Arguments On Defects Damages Are Premature

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A couple seeking to lead a class for the owners of 63 townhomes that were defectively built say in an April 26 reply brief in support of certification filed in Delaware state court that the defendants’ opposing arguments regarding damage caused by the problems are premature and not part of the class inquiry (Jason Jones, et al. v. BPG Residential Partners IV LLC, et al., No. N15C-10-131 WCC, Del. Super., New Castle Co.).

  • May 1, 2018

    Man Failed To Show Builder’s Work Was Defective, Appeals Court Rules

    LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana appeals panel on April 25 affirmed a ruling awarding summary judgment to a builder and his insurer, holding that a man was unable to show that alleged defects in the construction of his home warranted his refusal to pay for the work (Lynton O. Hester IV v. Burns Builders, et al., No. 17-824, La. App., 3rd Cir., 2018 La. App. LEXIS 782).

  • May 1, 2018

    California Panel Upholds Finding Against Contractor For Misplaced Conduits

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California appellate court on April 13 affirmed a trial court judge’s ruling awarding $458,482 in damages and $250,000 in attorney fees and costs to the buyer of a commercial property after finding that the contractor who installed a foundation could be liable for breach of warranty when misplacing plumbing and electrical conduits, holding that the rights of the previous owner passed on to the new owner (New Pacific Carlyle LLC v. White Residential Inc., No. G051437, Calif. App., 4th Dist., 3rd Div., Calif. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2513).

  • April 30, 2018

    Nevada High Court Applies Ruling Finding Arbitration Clause Enforceable

    CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Supreme Court on April 12 applied its earlier ruling in U.S. Home Corp. v. The Michael Ballesteros Trust, et al. to reverse a motion to compel arbitration, holding that the arbitration provision in the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) between a developer accused of construction defects and homeowners in a common interest community are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) (Greystone Nevada LLC v. Oliver M. McCoy Jr., et al., No. 68769, Nev. Sup., 2018 Nev. Unpub. LEXIS 302).

  • April 30, 2018

    Judge Denies Homeowner’s Motion To Certify Class Over Stucco Installation

    BEAUFORT, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina on April 26 denied a woman’s motion to certify a class for homeowners who claim that a builder improperly installed stucco on their homes, finding that individual issues, such as the extent of damages and the statute of limitations defense, predominated over classwide issues (Jacqueline L. Craft, et al. v. South Carolina Plastering LLC, et al., No. 15-cv-05080-PMD, D. S.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70048).