Colorado Construction Litigation Blog

The Colorado Homeowner Protection Act of 2007 (“HPA”), codified at C.R.S. § 13-20-806(7), specifically voids express waivers of, or limitations on, a residential property owner’s ability to enforce any rights, remedies, and damages provided by law in a construction defect case.  Practically speaking, this means that limitation of liability provisions in contracts between construction professionals […]

I am happy to announce that Law Week Colorado has named Derek Lindenschmidt as the Best Construction-Defects Lawyer for the Defense: Barrister’s Best for 2012. Law Week Colorado’s recognition of Derek states: When a small firm names a new partner, that’s big news, and it means there’s a reason for that promotion. So is the […]

A recent opinion from the Colorado Court of Appeals is a cautionary tale concerning the calculation of pre-judgment interest.  See Hendricks v. Allied Waste Transportation, Inc., 2012 WL 1881004 (Colo. App. 2012).  The Hendricks sued Allied after one of its drivers backed into the corner of their home with an Allied garbage truck.  At trial, […]

Recently, in the Arapahoe District Court, the Honorable Michael Spear, issued an order holding that builders do not owe a non-delegable duty to homeowners.  In Marx and Corken v. Alpert Custom Homes, Inc., et al., Judge Spear’s order came in response to plaintiffs’ motion for determination of question of law seeking a finding that the […]

Often, those practicing in the construction defect field have faced questions concerning the joinder of a party. Recently, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado weighed in on the requirements for joinder under the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure.  See Roche Constructors, Inc. v. One Beacon America Ins. Co., 2012 WL 1060000 (D. […]

I am happy to have been asked to speak at this year’s CDLA Annual Conference, July 26th through 28th, in Crested Butte. William J. McConnell, PE, of Vertex Engineering, and I will discuss common building code violations alleged in construction defect cases and how to respond to these allegations. In an effort to adjust the conference to meet the needs […]

Now comes another cautionary tale for builders and developers, especially those using single purpose business entities to handle individual construction projects.  The United States Bankruptcy Court in Denver, Colorado, through the Honorable Michael Romero, provided an order regarding plaintiffs’ problems with a home they purchased from an entity controlled or represented by defendants.  Plaintiffs, Kelvin […]

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A potentially important legislative bill has been introduced in waning days of the 2012 legislative session, which would change many of the commercial practices that prevail in the construction industry. Senate Bill 12-181 applies to all building and construction contracts and would prohibit any contract provision that requires a contractor, subcontractor, or supplier to waive […]

Recently, the District Court of Weld County Colorado granted a motion for preliminary injunction regarding the enforceability of an arbitration provision in a purchase and sales agreement. Ms. Sue E. Otteman (the “Plaintiff”) signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for a residence in Windsor, Colorado with Journey Homes, LLC (the “Defendant”). The agreement contained a […]


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