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Chinese Drywall MDL Judge Decides Damages In First Contested Trial

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) A pair of homeowner plaintiffs in the first contested Chinese drywall trial in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana are entitled to $164,049.64 to restore their home and property to its pre-drywall condition, the judge overseeing the cases held April 27;...

California Shower Subcontractor Agrees To $11,400 Settlement With Developer In Case Alleging Construction Defects

Case name: Jose Aceves, et al. v. RWR Homes, Inc., et al. Case number: GIC 862301 Court: California Superior Court for San Diego County Judge: Luis R. Vargas Verdict / Settlement (breakdown): $11,400 settlement Plaintiff(s): Jose Aceves and other homeowners Defendant(s): RWR Homes,...

JM Eagle Sued For Allegedly Inferior PVC Pipe Used In Water Systems

LOS ANGELES - A class action lawsuit was filed Sept. 7 on behalf of private water utilities and commercial property owners potentially seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from JM Eagle for allegedly knowingly supplying substandard polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe for the transmission of water for fire...

Chinese Drywall Manufacturer Agrees To Remediate Homes Affected By Defective Product

NEW ORLEANS -- (Mealey's) The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) in the Chinese Drywall multidistrict litigation and defendant Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) on Oct. 14 announced a settlement to remediate up to 300 homes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida impacted by KPT's...

For Insurers In Pennsylvania, Courts Continue to Sing The Praises Of Kvaerner And Gambone

By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP Karen Carpenter, on life as an insurer in Pennsylvania handling construction defect claims: Everything I want the world to be Is now comin' true especially for me And the reason is clear, it's because Gambone is here It's the...

Holy Mau: Florida Federal Court Rejects Continuous Trigger for Chinese Drywall Claims

I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley. By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP Chinese drywall -- litigation over the smell of a rotten egg, uh, rolls on. For some insurers, Chinese drywall is a potentially large exposure. With that said, and since Chinese drywall coverage decisions...

Leading Construction Lawyers Barbara Werther, Stephen Palley Join Ober|Kaler

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ober|Kaler has announced that Barbara G. Werther and Stephen D. Palley have joined the firm's Construction Group in the Washington, D.C., office. A well-known and highly regarded team, Werther and Palley are among the nation's top construction lawyers. Werther has more than...

5 Howrey Construction Attorneys Join Ober|Kaler

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ober|Kaler has announced that five attorneys formerly of Howrey LLP have joined the firm's Construction, Litigation and Risk Management practice in its Washington, D.C., office. Barbara G. Werther , principal, has more than 30 years of experience in construction and government...

High Court Hears Oral Arguments About Venue For Construction Contract Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 9 heard arguments from attorneys involved in a construction contract dispute filed in a Texas federal court regarding the proper venue for the case ( Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. USDC WD TX, et al. , No. 12-929, U.S. Sup...

Goldberg Segalla Commentary: Emerging Trends And Changing Perspectives On Construction Defect Claims

By Thomas F. Segalla Ellen H. Greiper Matthew S. Lerner and Suzin L. Raso | [Editor's Note: Thomas F. Segalla , Ellen H. Greiper , and Matthew S. Lerner are partners and Suzin L. Raso is an associate in the Construction , General Liability , and Global Insurance Services Practice Groups of the...

Vandeventer Black LLP: Witnesses Are Overrated

By Ned Nicholas In television law it’s all about the witnesses. This was true back in the day with Perry Mason and it’s true today on the many courtroom drama shows. And there is no denying some testimony (“he shot her” or “the light was red” come to mind) can make...

Bates Carey Commentary: Construction Defect Coverage Summary 2013: The Business Risks Shift To Insurers

By John Husmann and Adam Fleischer [Editor's Note: John Husmann and Adam Fleischer are partners of the law firm Bates Carey Nicolaides in Chicago. Any commentary or opinions do not reflect the opinions of Bates Carey Nicolaides. Copyright © 2013 by John Husmann and Adam Fleischer. Responses...