January 2020 – Plante Lebovic LLP Opens Las Vegas Office
Plante Lebovic LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its Las Vegas office, located at 9205 West Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89148. Colin Cavanaugh, an Orange County native who relocated to Las Vegas several years ago, has joined the PL team and will be the managing attorney of the firm’s Las Vegas office.
December 2019 – Motion for Summary Judgment Granted – Class Action
Four San Diego plaintiffs’ firms filed a class action lawsuit against one of the firm’s land developer builder clients alleging that the reservoir and water distribution system installed pursuant to the developer’s Development Agreement with the City are defective resulting in water with unacceptably high levels of heterotrophic bacteria. After four years of litigation and extensive discovery, the Court granted the developer’s Motion for Summary Judgment terminating the litigation as to the firm’s client.
December 2019 – Defense Award in Binding Arbitration
Managing partner Brian Plante completed a binding arbitration involving 15 luxury homes in the East Bay. The arbitrator issued a defense award which was a fraction of the statutory offers to compromise issued by the homebuilder. The arbitrator ruled that the homebuilder is therefore the prevailing party and issued a final award ordering the claimants to pay for the homebuilder’s statutory costs, arbitration fees and expert fees totaling in excess of $100,000.
October 2019 – Motion for Summary Judgment Granted – Express Indemnity
One of the firm’s builder clients was sued by a Condominium Association for construction defects involving a large luxury condominium development in Scottsdale, Arizona. The homebuilder filed a Motion for Summary Judgment against the successor developer that purchased the completed project and later sold the units based on an indemnity provision in the purchase agreement. The Motion was granted, and the Court held that the successor developer must completely defend and indemnify the builder as it pertains to the Association’s defect claim, effectively absolving the firm’s builder client from any liability for the defect claims.
June 2019 – Brian Plante Testified Before California Assembly
Managing partner Brian Plante testified before the California Assembly Housing Committee regarding Senate Bill 326, involving proposed legislation effecting vote requirements for construction defect litigation in project CC&Rs. As the lead trial and appellate attorney in the underlying Branches Neighborhood Corp. v. CalAtlantic Group, Inc. litigation, wherein a similar vote provision was upheld, Mr. Plante was asked by the Building Industry Association to testify on behalf of homebuilders.
May 2019 – Plante Lebovic LLP Opens Phoenix Office
Plante Lebovic LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its Phoenix office, located at 2375 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016. Attorney Melanie Woodfin, a PL original, is the managing attorney of the Phoenix office.