Thursday, April 12th, 2012
The owners of Class A office buildings in Escondido retained Ward & Hagen to negotiate funds for the repair of exterior slate tile walls. Partner Peter Ward managed the case in an efficient manner, using experts to create a detailed cost of repair that led to a quick settlement. The client is now able to repair the buildings and continues to lease the space.
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Ward & Hagen’s clients were sued for non-disclosure of construction defects after the sale of their home. Without admitting any liability and in the interests of settling the case, our client offered $22,500 to the Plaintiff. The offer was refused and Ward & Hagen successfully moved the case from the courtroom to arbitration. Before the arbitration could occur, Plaintiff’s counsel filed a succession of appeals. After finishing the appeals, Ward & Hagen still won the arbitration, our client owed $0 to Plaintiffs, and we received an award of over $325,000 in attorney fees from the Plaintiff.
Monday, February 21st, 2011
Ward & Hagen represented the Homeowners Association of a 250 unit complex in an action against the builder for construction defects in the buildings. The litigation lasted several years and required careful management of the investigation costs. A successful settlement was reached and repairs to the buildings were begun.
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented a family in Encinitas who had purchased a home, only to find significant water damage and mold in the ceiling and walls of their child’s bedroom. At mediation, the Defendants (Sellers and real estate agents) offered a combined $10,000. Upon further investigation/discovery, a prior occupant of the home was located who testified that the problems all predated the sale and all current damages could be linked to prior failed repair attempts. None of these prior problems had been disclosed by seller and directly contradicted the seller’s sworn deposition testimony. In the month prior to trial, the Defendants agreed to settle for a total of $215,000
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented the owners of six homes within the Rancho Carrillo development of La Costa, California. Built by Pacific Crest Communities, Inc. the homes were experiencing construction defects including leaking windows, doors, and plumbing systems; extensive stucco cracking; and lack of french drains in the rear yard retaining walls, as required per city code. The court compelled arbitration based on a clause in the contract and the case was presented before Judge Robert May (Ret.). Plaintiffs received a final award of $506,223.88, which included a partial settlement of peripheral issues. The awards to Plaintiffs were in excess of 998 offers that had been made, and as a result, Plaintiffs also recovered their costs.
Monday, February 4th, 2008
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented the owners of 32 single-family homes in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego. The homes were experiencing water intrusion through the doors and windows, moisture intrusion through some concrete foundations, extensive stucco cracking and many other peripheral defects. The litigation ensued for over two years, until defendants and cross-defendants agreed to a global settlement on the day of trial. The total settlement was over $1.6 million dollars, resulting in a gross amount of around $50,000 per home.