Maryland Construction Defect Law Attorneys and Litigation Lawyers Obtain Jury Verdict for Faulty Workmanship.
The Maryland construction attorneys and lawyers Cowie & Mott, recently obtained a $5,629,715.00 jury verdict against a national builder for the defective construction of an Anne Arundel County condominium.
Construction defect attorney T. Allen Mott served as lead trial attorney in this construction defect litigation matter in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County.
Below is a partial reprint of a The Daily Record article regarding that construction defect case.
“ODENTON CONDOMINIUMS AWARDED $5.6M DAMAGES IN SUIT AGAINST RYAN HOMES
An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury awarded $5.6 million in damages to a condominium association for faulty construction by Ryan Homes.
Eden Brook Condominium Inc. filed a lawsuit against construction company NVR Inc., the parent company of Rya
The condo association said NVR’s improper construction led to leaks, with some homeowners keeping buckets in their condos to catch water. There was also faulty brickwork that did not meet industry standards and cooling problems with undersized air-conditioning units, said the condo association’s attorney, T. Allen Mott, partner at Cowie & Mott PA in Baltimore.n Homes, for faulty construction of buildings in the 55-and-older community in Odenton. The condo association also alleged NVR misrepresented the quality of the buildings before and during construction and failed to maintain them.
The jury awarded the condo association compensatory damages after a five-week trial Monday.
An attorney for NVR, Neil Joel Dilloff, a partner at DLA Piper LLP (U.S.), said the firm does not comment on litigation.“I think the jury sent a clear signal that a builder will be held accountable,” Mott said. “… I think that’s the message. Normally, our firm is successful in resolving these types of cases before they go to trial. Here, NVR stood its ground and took the position that the problems were not as bad as the homeowners alleged and the jury disagreed with that.”
The condo association said in its complaint that NVR failed to live up its its sales presentations and advertising campaigns that construction would follow “applicable building codes” and build units with “impeccable quality.”
Instead, the complaint alleged, the company did not comply with building codes, deviated from plans, used inferior materials and did not meet minimum industry standards.
These defects led to leaking windows, flooding in the units, premature deterioration, structural instability, wood damage, peeling paint, wall and roof structural damage and mold growth, according to the complaint
The condominiums in Odenton were built between 2005 and 2008 and many of the owners bought their homes before or during construction, signing contracts before the condos were complete, Mott said. The 224-unit development consists of eight buildings.
The first residents moved in during February 2006. Mott said he and attorneys at the firm interviewed 26 homeowners about defects in the building and filed a lawsuit in January 2011.
“There were a lot of similarities,” Mott said. “The deficiencies were systemic for the majority.”
The condo association claimed one count of negligent construction, Title 10 implied warranties, negligent misrepresentation, violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, breach of express warranty, Title 11 implied warranties, negligent repair and breach of contract….”
See also the Baltimore Sun article regarding this construction defect case: “Jury gives Odenton condo owners $5.6 million for builder’s shoddy work.” See also, 5.6 Million Dollar Construction Defect Jury Award. For more information regarding condominium construction defect law in Maryland, see our other blog: MarylandCondoConstructionDefectLaw.com
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