Colorado Construction Litigation Blog

On the front page of today’s Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover wrote an article entitled, “Builders fear another version of the construction-defects bill.”  In the article, Mr. Sealover notes that Senator Morse introduced SB 10-045 of the first day of the session, which is entitled “The Homeowner Protection Act of 2010.”  In the article, Mr. […]

Yesterday, Representative Joe Rice introduced into the Colorado House of Representatives House Bill 10-1394, “A Bill for an Act Concerning Professional Liability Insurance Policies Issued to Construction Professionals.” The bill, also sponsored by Senator Mark Scheffel, was assigned to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, which happens to be chaired by Representative Rice.  The summary of […]

I am happy to announce that Colorado Construction Litigation, the blog by the attorneys at Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC is gaining traction by recently being listed in Construction Marketing Ideas’ list of construction blogs. According to that site, the author has sought “to link to any relevant blog (without expectation of reciprocation). In […]

Subcontract agreements often include provisions requiring a subcontractor to defend and to indemnify a general contractor. If properly phrased in the subcontract agreement, the duty to defend can be triggered more easily than, and is distinct from, the duty to indemnify. In Lafarge North America, Inc. v. KECI Colorado, Inc., 2010 WL 726052 (Colo. App., March […]

I am happy to have been asked by Lorman Education Services to moderate and speak at its Construction Defect Claims seminar on June 24, 2010.  Information regarding the seminar can be found here.  Note: You can receive $50 dollars off if you register with priority code 15000 and discount code Z7745121. Other speakers at this seminar […]

Sheri Roswell and I will be speaking at the 17th Anniversary West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar, to be held on May 13th and 14th at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.  For those of you who have not had the opportunity to attend one of the first 16 seminars, the WCC seminar is “the […]

I was recently asked to write an article for the Colorado Builder Forum, the Journal of the Colorado Association of Home Builders.  Being an attorney that has devoted my career to defending Colorado homebuilders involved in construction defect lawsuits, the topic I chose was naturally strategies for minimizing the risks associated with building in Colorado […]

Below is the text of e-mail communication sent yesterday from Colorado’s Democratic Leadership to Democratic Committeepersons attending tonight’s party caucuses: Subject: A Caucus Message from Colorado’s Democratic LeadershipAn Important Caucus Message from the Democratic Leader’s of Colorado’s General Assembly From: President of the Senate Brandon ShafferSpeaker of the House Terrance CarrollAsst. House Majority Leader Andy KerrSenate Majority Leader […]

In Cochran v. West Glenwood Springs Sanitation District, 223 P.3d 123 (Colo. App. 2009), the plaintiff-homeowner brought a claim against the sanitation district alleging that its negligent maintenance of a sewer line damaged her home.   Pursuant to the court’s factual findings, the plaintiff’s claim accrued, and she discovered her injury, on August 24, 2006.  She […]

On February 2, 2010, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in AIMCO v. Nutmeg Ins. Co., 593 F.3d 1188 (10th Cir. 2010).  While not a construction defect case, this case is very interesting and will certainly have an impact on the determination of coverage (and in particular duty to defend cases) for […]


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