LGC Prevails Against New Construction Defect Theory

LGC Partners Randy Gustafson and Shannon Splaine recently prevailed on a critical Motion for Summary Judgment against an expansive new theory of liability in construction defect cases. In the case, a time share owners’ association in Las Vegas sued a client of LGC for alleged construction defects. The attorney for the association tried to argue Read More…

Difficulties In Applying SB 800 To Multi-Unit Projects

In the landmark case Aas v. Superior Court, in which LGC partners Tom Lincoln and Chuck Egan served as trial counsel, the California Supreme Court held that a construction defect must cause property damage to be actionable under tort law. In response to Aas, the legislature enacted SB 800 (Civil Code §§ 895, et seq.), Read More…

Appellate Decision Narrows Scope Of SB 800

In Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC, the Court held that the Right to Repair Act (SB 800) is not the exclusive remedy for plaintiffs in cases where the alleged defect caused damage. In the case, a sprinkler pipe at a home in the Brookfield development burst, causing damages that were partially Read More…

New Appellate Case Potentially Expands Employer Liability

In the new California case of Purton v. Marriott International, Inc., the Court of Appeal issued a ruling that dramatically expands traditional notions of an employer’s liability for an employee’s actions. In the case, an employee drank alcohol at his employer’s holiday party. He drove home safely, but later left his home again to drive Read More…