Colorado Construction Litigation

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This week I received an e-mail from a developer client with whom we have recently been working on a residential construction defect matter.  I receive a lot of e-mails during any given week, but this one struck me.  Short and sweet, the e-mail reads: Dave, Just thinking today about the legal problems in the last couple years.  I just wanted you to know that there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think…
Starting in 2009, the Colorado Legislature began adding requirements that builders offer certain options to accommodate high-efficiency devices. These requirements started with solar prewire options in 2009, then water-smart home options in 2010. In 2020, the Legislature added requirements for electric vehicle charging and heating systems. These sections apply to unoccupied homes serving as sales inventory or a model home or manufactured homes, as defined by Colorado law. While the Legislature has only required builders…
Would you believe me if I told you that this year could have been worse for builders? Had COVID-19 not hit, the Colorado Legislature may have passed bills that would have had a severely negative impact on the home building industry. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislature temporarily adjourned in mid-March, 67 days into the 120-day legislative session. After a two-month recess, the Legislature returned for approximately one month to pass critical bills…
David McLain is a founding member of Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell.  Mr. McLain has over 22 years of experience and is well known for his work in the defense of the construction industry, particularly in the area of construction defect litigation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the CLM Claims College – School of Construction, which is the premier course for insurance, industry, and legal professionals. Law Week Colorado recently named Mr.…
As is often the case in construction defect and other insurance defense litigation, a plaintiff’s claims for relief typically encompass both covered and uncovered damages.  Obviously, it is in the insured’s best interests to have as many damages covered by insurance as possible.  From the insurer’s perspective and against the backdrop of owing duty of good faith and fair dealing to its insureds, however, it is generally better to have an allocation of covered vs.…
In the 12 months from October 2018 through September 2019, the most recent period reported by OSHA,[1] the workplace safety agency cited the following standards[2]more than any other in the 28 states which do not have OSHA-approved state plans, including Colorado: 1926.501 – Duty to have fall protection – included in 459 citations, resulting in $2,475,596 in penalties ($5,393/citation); 1926.451 – General requirements for scaffolds – included in 265 citations, resulting in $834,324…
As previously reported, for certain consumer and employment arbitrations, Senate Bill 20-93 would have: Prohibited the waiver of standards for and challenges for evident partiality prior to a claim being filed and required any waiver of such provisions after the claim is filed to be in writing; Provided that the right of a party to challenge an arbitrator based on evident partiality is waived if not raised within a reasonable time of learning of…
I am pleased to have been invited to serve on the Executive Council and Faculty for this year’s CLM Claims College – School of Construction, which will be held at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront from Wednesday, September 9, 2020 through Saturday, September 12, 2020.  This year’s Level 1 courses are being held virtually, so there is no need to travel to Baltimore if you are interested in starting the three-year program this year. As a result of…
As previously reported, SB 20-138, “Concerning Increased Consumer Protection for Homeowners Seeking Relief for Construction Defects,” would have extended the Colorado statute of repose applicable to construction defect claims.  Senate Bill 20-138, if enacted, would have: Extended Colorado’s statute of repose for construction defects from 6+2 years to 10+2 years; Required tolling of the statute of repose until the claimant discovers not only the physical manifestation of a construction defect, but also its…