In 2014 Supreme Court ruling Conway V. Cutler, homeowners who were not the original purchasers of their homes (subsequent owners), did not have the right to sue the builder of their homes for defective construction. Subsequent owners failed to establish a contractual relationship with the builder hence, the implied warranty cause of action was not available for them.
As a result, subsequent owners were left without any solutions for the damage caused from defective construction in their homes - and builders had a legal way out of claims pertaining to any homes they were responsible for building.
The CCA Group was proud to be the lunch sponsor at the 2016 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar. As always, it was a great opportunity to discuss all of the latest trends, new ideas and best practices, as well as network with many leaders in our field.
And, it was a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones - and playing Jenga with many of you. We're happy to share some of the images that we took while we were there, below:
Construction defect insurance cases can be challenging. These cases often have between 15 and 50 parties involved with many contractors, insurance policies and attorneys, which only add to their complexity, a recent California Lawyer article explains.
“We have very extensive pre-mediation conference calls and briefings—recently I worked on a matter where the briefs, with the expert reports, went to 700 pages.” (For more about CCA's thoughts on Document Management, read their blog post here)
To the Reader
The culture and passion surrounding construction defect litigation fills my life with as much intrigue as Frank Underwood's in House of Cards. While I hardly condone Frank's often ill-advised behavior, I understand how hard it is to predict cause and effect in the context of multidimensional situations.
The construction and forensic experts in our firm assemble facts and opinions to support construction-related claims--from the perspectives of both plaintiff and defendant. Despite the books, seminars, webinars and courses galore on hiring experts, we find that attorneys and insurance professionals often need help recruiting, selecting, budgeting, and managing these mission-critical resources. As someone who has presented numerous times at lectures and seminars on this very topic, I thought it would be useful to share some hopefully objective thoughts on this dynamic topic.