Legal Updates

Structural Defect Laws in the Carolinas: Understand Builder Rights – Part II

September 1, 2021
Permits and new housing starts are up by double digits in the Carolinas compared to this time last year. Unfortunately, more homes could mean potentially… Read More

Structural Defect Laws in the Carolinas: Understand Builder Rights – Part I

Mountaintop cabins. Beach bungalows. Everyday suburban houses. Regardless of design, more people are calling the Carolinas home. New permits are up 18.3% with housing starts… Read More

Builders Should Brace for More Construction Defect Litigation

June 3, 2021
“It won’t happen to us.” The famous last words of home builders right before “it” happens: the catastrophic claim that wipes out profits, sucks up… Read More

If My Homeowners Take a Claim to Litigation, Arbitration is Not an Option – MYTH BUSTED

March 3, 2021
In our second MYTHBUSTERS:  The Home Builder Edition, PWSC tackles the topic of enforcing an arbitration provision, even if a homeowner takes a claim to litigation.… Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Arbitration Act

January 31, 2019
Earlier this month, Justice Kavanaugh’s first Supreme Court opinion struck a blow at lawyers’ attempts to avoid arbitration.  In a decision that should seem astonishingly… Read More

California’s Solar Requirements: What’s the Effect on New Home Builders?

July 12, 2018
Building a home to code can cost a small fortune these days, putting the squeeze on builders who must constantly walk the line between building… Read More

CA to Require Solar Panels in All New Residential Construction

May 15, 2018
Often at the leading edge of government mandates and bans, California has just become the first state in the nation to mandate solar panels for… Read More

In MD: General Contractors Owe Non-Delegable Duty of Care to Comply with Building Code

May 10, 2018
The Spring, 2018 issue of The Construction Lawyer, a Journal of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, reports that the Maryland Court of… Read More

How Do Federal Laws Affect New Home Building on Coastal Land?

October 27, 2017
From scenic views to the sound of lapping water, owning a home on the coast is a dream for many home buyers. But the reality… Read More

WHITE PAPER: Legal Changes Affect New Home Builders & Construction Industry

August 31, 2017
Home buyers are scrambling to find affordable entry level homes as the already low supply continues to decrease. On the surface, it seems like a… Read More