Legal Updates

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

In South Carolina, the Right to Cure Really Means Something

June 8, 2017
South Carolina, like at least thirty-one other states, has a “right to cure” statute applicable to residential construction defect claims. The South Carolina Notice and… Read More

S.C. Supreme Court Enforces Broadly Worded Arbitration Provision in Builder’s Warranty

November 18, 2016
The Supreme Court of South Carolina recently made it clear that if a home warranty includes an arbitration provision, then all claims may be subject… Read More

Statute of Repose Trumps Warranty Period Says Arbitrator

June 1, 2016
A Florida builder recently arbitrated an interesting defense to a homeowner’s claim under the builder’s long term warranty. At the time the builder issued its… Read More

Verdict In: PWSC’s Home Builder’s Limited Warranty Arbitration Provision Takes Priority

May 17, 2016
If you are a builder constructing or a home buyer purchasing a home (such as a single-family home, condo, or townhouse) in a planned, covenanted… Read More