Legal issues facing the construction industry will be addressed at two programs – one on litigation and the other on broader industry concerns – […]
What are the differences between how courts on the east coast versus the west coast handle Construction Defects litigation? Ed Martinet of LiMa Solutions has experience working on both coasts and discussed their similarities and differences during the Construction Litigation Leaders' Forum on March 3 in Marina Del Rey, Calif., sponsored by HB Litigation Conferences. Martinet also talks about recent advances in courtroom technology and how attorneys can use them to their advantage.
California’s “right to repair” statute – SB800 – was a compromise between plaintiff attorneys and the building industry to control docket-choking litigation against homebuilders and general contractors. However, according to attorney Richard Glucksman, who defends builders and contractors, plaintiff attorneys are attempting to circumvent the law, filing lawsuits suits for damages, not repairs, without first complying with the notice provisions of the law.
Jeffrey D. Masters is partner with Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP in Los Angeles, where he defends builders and developers in construction defect disputes, but he primarily serves insureds as insurance coverage counsel. HB talked to Masters from his office in Los Angeles about the drivers behind the Forum and some of what will be addressed. This is what he told us.