A 200+ unit condominium that experienced water intrusion and damage as the result of significant construction defects recovered over $15 million from the various contractors that constructed the condominium buildings. As is the case in most construction defect lawsuits, the majority of the defendant-contractors settled with the association before trial. However, the contractor that installed the stucco on the buildings decided to allow the jury to hear the case instead of making a settlement. The jury found that the stucco was improperly installed, proximately causing water to intrude behind walls which led to deteriorated trusses and wood framing. The jury found that it would cost $7.7 million to fix these latent defects, which could not be seen without cutting open the buildings. The jurors viewed samples of rotted wood taken from the property as well as numerous pictures of damage resulting from the various defects.
Herrick represents numerous condominium and homeowner associations with respect to their construction defects in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Our primary goal is to work with the association to develop a transition and/or litigation plan long before the lawsuit is filed. We help associations determine the value of the case, insurance coverage, issues which could impact recovery and most importantly, the association’s ability to pay legal fees and costs.