Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Groups of homeowners in Oceanside, Menifee and Victorville, California are currently fighting for funds to repair defects in their residences built by KB Homes. After retaining Ward & Hagen to manage the communication, the homeowners allowed KB Home to attempt repairs under the California Builder Fix-It Law (Civil Code § 895, et seq.). KB Home chose to make some minor repairs, rather than actually address all the issues pointed out by the homeowners. The homeowners are currently in litigation with KB Home in an attempt to recover damages for all the necessary repairs to their homes. Ward & Hagen fights for homeowners throughout California, both in situations where a builder chooses to actually repair defects, or if it is necessary to go through litigation to reach those repair goals.
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
A group of homeowners in Indian Wells, California retained Ward & Hagen when it became evident that the foundations of several of their homes were cracking and shifting. Ward & Hagen hired geotechnical forensic experts to diagnose the cause of the problems, both in the soil compaction and the method of concrete installation. A cost to repair was established and after two years of litigation, a confidential settlement was reached. Ward & Hagen continues to represent homeowners who face construction defects of all kinds throughout California.
Monday, December 12th, 2011
A group of homeowners in Calexico, California recovered settlement funds to repair a variety of construction defects including leaking roofs, leaking windows and cracked stucco. The group of owners retained Ward & Hagen LLP to pursue litigation against the builder of their homes. The attorneys at Ward & Hagen hired a team of forensic construction experts to diagnose the defects and then were able to negotiate a settlement that allows the homeowners to fix these defects as they arise. Ward & Hagen is proud to represent homeowners throughout California and to help these owners fix defects that may appear.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
After a two year battle, attorney Jeffrey Paape and his support staff at Ward & Hagen obtained a confidential settlement for a large group of homeowners in El Centro, California. Numerous construction defects such as leaking windows and doors, plumbing problems, and cracked tiles in showers and baths plagued the homes.
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
The owners of a high end tract home in Encinitas, CA retained Ward & Hagen when they found leaking doors throughout their home, which was built and sold by D.R. Horton. Because the home was sold after January 1, 2003, the new California “Fix It Law” applied. Instead of filing a lawsuit, a demand with a list of the problems was sent to D.R. Horton. The builder inspected the defects, and offered a repair. The homeowners were able to choose a contractor other than D.R. Horton’s people to do the actual work. In the end, the leaking doors were reinstalled and the damaged finish materials were replaced at a cost of approximately $30,000 to D.R. Horton.
If you are a homeowner and are facing construction defects, please contact us for information on how you may be able to force the builder to pay for repairs to your home rather than filing a lawsuit.
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented the owners of an upscale tract home in the new 4S Ranch community of San Diego. The family discovered during the first rainstorm that many of the windows and doors leaked. In good faith, the family allowed the builder to test and repair the problems. Over the course of a year, the builder spent more than $500,000 on repair attempts but serious problems still remained unresolved. Litigation ensued and expert testing showed that a majority of the doors and windows still leaked, despite the money and time spent on repairs. The defendants agreed to a global settlement of $552,025.
Thursday, August 13th, 2009
Attorneys at Ward & Hagen represented the owners of 13 homes in 4S Ranch against the builder, Christopher Homes. The homes were experiencing leaking doors and windows, stucco defects and plumbing defects. The case was successfully resolved for a settlement of over $500,000.
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.