ATRA: Big Business of California’s Lawsuit Industry Costing Golden State Jobs

April 14, 2005

  • April 15, 2005 at 2:01 am
    DW says:
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    If you ever tried to get a construction defect corrected by a contractor, you’d understand why the consumer resorts to the courts. Arrogance and greed of the contractors, who tell you “I got more money than you. Go ahead and sue. I’ll just run you out of money!”

  • April 15, 2005 at 3:37 am
    Who's fault? says:
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    Don’t get too hung up on “I got mor money than you”. How is it the painter’s fault that the roof or windows leaked or the fence contractor or …? It REALLY is the plaintiff’s attorneys that will not dismiss a totally ludicrous connection to the actual causation of the problem. Oh, wait…maybe the attorneys ARE the problem.

  • April 15, 2005 at 6:52 am
    CJC says:
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    It really is unfortunate that ATRA blames plaintiff’s lawyers rather than shoddy contractors for the rise in defective construction suits. It is true that without such litigation there would be an abundance of more affordable housing; cheap, drafty, moldy, fall apart, but affordable housing.

  • April 28, 2005 at 2:47 am
    esq2002 says:
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    So, all the people who can’t afford to buy an expensive home don’t deserve to be homeowners at all. They get to live in cheap, drafty, rat-infested apartment complexes instead. Great!

  • July 24, 2006 at 7:45 am
    will says:
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    Whoever wrote this —

    Arrogance and greed of the contractors, who tell you \”I got more money than you. Go ahead and sue. I\’ll just run you out of money!\”

    — must not realize that the plaintiff attorneys who are filing all these lawsuits do so WITHOUT first asking for any repairs, and on a contingency fee basis.

    Until SB800 kicks in, builders DON\’T GET A CHOICE to fix the homes — they\’re just subject to mass-marketed defect claims by attorneys out to collect a 33% to 40% contingent fee.



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