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Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, Fourth Edition by Thomas E. Miller, Rachel M. Miller, Matthew T. Miller

Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, Fourth Edition

By Thomas E. Miller, Rachel M. Miller, Matthew T. Miller
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Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States, Fourth Edition , puts you on the cutting edge in this expanding practice area. Bringing decades of experience representing a diverse spectrum of residential real estate interests and homeowners' associations, co-authors Thomas E. Miller and Rachel M. Miller detail each aspect of this specialized area, from the statutorily prescribed causes of action to the common law theories of liability, from prelitigation steps to defense considerations, and damages. You'll find up-to-the-minute guidance on California construction defect law, as well as the evolving law in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Washington.

You'll also gain valuable insights in these vital areas:

  • The merging of toxic tort litigation and construction defect litigation
  • Emerging insurance considerations
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods and techniques
  • The effective use of experts in a construction defect case
  • And more!

Last Updated 10/27/2017
Update Frequency Updated annually
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
SKU 10045034-7777
Table of Contents

Chapter 1. EVOLUTION OF CONSTRUCTION DEFECT LITIGATION

  • § 1.01 Historical Development
  • § 1.02 Current Status
  • § 1.03 Commercial and Residential Theories of Recovery

Chapter 2. PRELITIGATION CONSIDERATIONS

  • § 2.01 In General
  • § 2.02 What Constitutes a Construction Defect?
  • § 2.03 Types of Defects
  • § 2.04 Evaluating the Case
  • § 2.05 Seeking Professional Assistance
  • § 2.06 Developer-Builder Considerations
  • § 2.07 Venue Considerations

Chapter 3. STATUTORY PRELITIGATION STEPS

  • § 3.01 In General
  • § 3.02 Arizona
  • § 3.03 California
  • § 3.04 Colorado
  • § 3.05 Hawaii
  • § 3.06 Nevada
  • § 3.07 Oregon
  • § 3.08 Washington
  • § 3.09 Certificates of Merit

Chapter 4. STANDING TO SUE

  • § 4.01 Real Party in Interest
  • § 4.02 Class Actions

Chapter 5. CAUSES OF ACTION

  • § 5.01 Overview of Causes of Action
  • § 5.02 Arizona
  • § 5.03 California
  • § 5.04 Colorado
  • § 5.05 Hawaii
  • § 5.06 Nevada
  • § 5.07 Oregon
  • § 5.08 Utah
  • § 5.09 Washington

Chapter 6. INSURANCE CONSIDERATIONS

  • § 6.01 Fundamental Issues
  • § 6.02 Third-Party Coverage
  • § 6.03 First-Party Coverage

Chapter 7. DEFENSE CONSIDERATIONS AND RESPONSES

  • § 7.01 Introduction
  • § 7.02 Statutes of Limitation and Repose
  • § 7.03 Mitigation of Damages and Additional Defenses
  • § 7.04 Indemnity and Contribution

Chapter 8. DISCOVERY

  • § 8.01 Introduction
  • § 8.02 State-by-State Overview
  • § 8.03 Right to Conduct Discovery
  • § 8.04 Scope of Discovery
  • § 8.05 Developing an Initial Understanding of the Case
  • § 8.06 Use of Special References and Case Management/Pretrial Orders in Defect Litigation
  • § 8.07 Arizona’s Unique Disclosure of Information Rule
  • § 8.08 Limitations on Discovery
  • § 8.09 Methods of Discovery
  • § 8.10 Discovery Sanctions

Chapter 9. EXPERTS AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • § 9.01 Introduction
  • § 9.02 Organizing the Investigation
  • § 9.03 Architectural Defect Analysis
  • § 9.04 Geotechnical Distress Analysis
  • § 9.05 Soil Conditions
  • § 9.06 Structural Complications
  • § 9.07 Indicators of Problems
  • § 9.08 Additional Considerations
  • § 9.09 Civil Engineering Analysis
  • § 9.10 Relocation Analysis
  • § 9.11 Role of Real Estate Appraiser

Chapter 10. DAMAGES

  • § 10.01 Introduction
  • § 10.02 Statutory Damages
  • § 10.03 Compensatory Damages
  • § 10.04 Consequential Damages and Costs
  • § 10.05 Punitive Damages
  • § 10.06 Damages for Emotional Distress
  • § 10.07 Limitation on Damages

Chapter 11. SETTLEMENT AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES IN TRIAL

  • § 11.01 Introduction
  • § 11.02 Plaintiff’s Settlement Strategies
  • § 11.03 Defendant’s Settlement Strategies
  • § 11.04 Universal Settlement Considerations
  • § 11.05 Alternative Dispute Resolution Appendixes

APPENDICES:

  • Appendix 1 - Homeowners’ Association Confidential Questionnaire
  • Appendix 2 - Checklist of Documents Needed from Each Homeowners’ Association
  • Appendix 3 - Sample Letter Rejecting Case
  • Appendix 4 - Sample Survey Cover Letter
  • Appendix 5 - Sample Letter Regarding Confidentiality
  • Appendix 6 - Attorney Fee Article
  • Appendix 7 - Homeowners’ Association Contingency Fee Agreement
  • Appendix 8 - Expert File Index
  • Appendix 9 - Typical Services Experts Perform
  • Appendix 10 - Preliminary Estimated Expert Investigation
  • Appendix 11 - Sample Consultant Retention Agreement
  • Appendix 12 - Sample Board of Directors Resolution to Establish an Executive Committee
  • Appendix 13 - Sample Letter of Agreement in Retention of a Joint Expert
  • Appendix 14 - The Calderon Flow Chart
  • Appendix 15 - Sample Case Management Statement
  • Appendix 16 - SB 800 Building Standards: Cal. Civ. Code §§ 896 and 897
  • Appendix 17 - Sample SB 800 Flow Charts and Timeline for Prelitigation Procedures
  • Appendix 18 - Sample SB 800 Notice to Builder
  • Appendix 19 - Summary of SB 800 Limitations Periods
  • Appendix 20 - Sample Certificates of Merit
  • Appendix 21 - Sample Reserve Study Postponement Letter
  • Appendix 22 - Sample SB 800 Complaint
  • Appendix 23 - Sample Complaint: Individual Homeowners v. Developer
  • Appendix 24 - Sample Complaint: Homeowners’ Association v. Developer
  • Appendix 25 - Insurer’s Declaratory Relief Action Form
  • Appendix 26 - Sample Direct Tender Letter
  • Appendix 27 - Sample Additional Insured Tender Letter
  • Appendix 28 - Answer to Complaint
  • Appendix 29 - Sample Cross-Complaint
  • Appendix 30 - Sample Answer to Cross-Complaint
  • Appendix 31 - Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion to Sever
  • Appendix 32 - Sample Motion and Memorandum for Determination of Good Faith Settlement
  • Appendix 33 - Sample Case Management Order
  • Appendix 34 - Sample Pretrial Orders
  • Appendix 35 - Sample Complex Civil Case Flow Chart
  • Appendix 36 - Complex Litigation Standards
  • Appendix 37 - Sample Motion and Application to Deem Matter Complex
  • Appendix 38 - Sample Request for Admissions
  • Appendix 39 - Interrogatories Propounded to Plaintiff Homeowners’ Association from Builder
  • Appendix 40 - Interrogatories Propounded to Defendant and Cross-Defendant Re: Insurance Coverage
  • Appendix 41 - Interrogatories Propounded to Cross-Defendants (Design Professional, Contractor, Subcontractor) by Defendant Builder
  • Appendix 42 - Interrogatories Propounded to Builder by Plaintiff Homeowners
  • Appendix 43 - Sample Form Interrogatories
  • Appendix 44 - Demand for Production of Documents Propounded by Plaintiff Homeowners’ Association on Defendant Developer
  • Appendix 45 - Demand for Production of Documents (from Plaintiff Homeowners' Association) to Defendant Original Builders of Condominiums
  • Appendix 46 - Demand for Exchange of Documents from Cross-Defendant (Design Professional, General Contractor, Subcontractor, Material Supplier) to Original Builders of Condominiums
  • Appendix 47 - Demand from Cross-Defendant (Relating to Allegations of Cross-Complaint) to Original Builders of Condominiums
  • Appendix 48 - Demand from Developer-Builder to Subcontractor
  • Appendix 49 - Demand from Builder to Plaintiff Homeowners’ Association
  • Appendix 50 - Standard Request for Entry on Land
  • Appendix 51 - Stipulation and Order Re: Site Inspection and Testing (Complex–Condominium Project)
  • Appendix 52 - Stipulation Re: Site Inspection and Testing (Simple— Single-Family Residence)
  • Appendix 53 - Exchange of Expert Witness Information
  • Appendix 54 - Expert Witness Declaration
  • Appendix 55 - Sample Mutual Release and Settlement Agreement
  • Appendix 56 - Sample Mutual Release and Settlement Agreement—Developer in Bankruptcy
  • Appendix 57 - Sample Board Resolution Re: Settlement
  • Appendix 58 - Sample Policy Limits Demand Letter to Defendant Insured
  • Appendix 59 - Sample Policy Limits Demand Letter to Insurer
  • Appendix 60 - List of Construction Defect Mediators
  • Appendix 61 - Sample Mediation Timeline
  • Appendix 62 - Destructive Testing Agreement

Table of Cases

Index

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