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El Nino – Is this it?

Potential for “Godzilla” El Niño This Winter – IS THIS IT?

“El Niño” is a weather condition that can spell disaster for Southwestern United States residents. Flooding, mudslides, coastal erosion, earth movement and massive property damage have been familiar repercussions of previous El Niño winters in California and other Southwestern states. Present wind patterns and water temperatures indicate a severe El Niño is developing and looking eerily similar to the 1997 – 1998 El Niño. In California, that storm caused over $500 million dollars’ worth of damage. Has it arrived?

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January 14, 2016 - Library, News

Before Disaster Strikes

THERE ARE MANY WAYS WE CAN PROTECT OUR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION (HOA) COMMUNITIES and individual homes prior to a disaster occurring. While there are different types of disasters depending on where you live, California is most prone to earthquakes, floods and fires. It is important for communities to have a “before, during and after” emergency plan.

Savvy managers and homeowners look to long-term safety plans for their communities and residents well before a disaster strikes. Communities and residents should know what steps to take when preparing for a disaster. Earthquakes usually come with no warning. Floods and fires are a little more predictable, giving residents and managers more of a warning before disaster strikes.

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August 7, 2015 - Library, News

Palm Springs Community

Palm Springs Community
Developer: Confidential
Settlement: $3,920,500
Client: 186 Single Family Homes

The Naumann Law Firm and JCL Law Firm represented the owners of 186 single-family homes located in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, against a National Homebuilder, several subcontractors and a flooring-product-manufacturer. The plaintiff homeowners contended that their newly constructed homes were damaged, in part, because of the installation of a defectively designed flooring product. The defective flooring product caused floor tiles to crack and break. As a result, plaintiffs’ homes lost value and otherwise required the plaintiff homeowners to incur costs to repair and replace their defective tile floors.
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June 26, 2015 - News

Desert Community

Desert Community
Developer: Confidential
Settlement: $1,702,500
Client: Bermuda Dunes Homeowner Association

Our firm represented an Association in Bermuda Dunes, California. The project was originally constructed as apartments and then converted to condominiums in the 2004 to 2006 timeframe. Unfortunately, the converter improperly established the reserves for the Association by representing that all the components including private streets, tennis courts, and roofs were new instead of sixteen years old. As a result the Association quickly ran out of funds as components came to the end of their useful life expectancies. In addition, there were numerous construction defects including hundreds of linear feet of water supply pipes with deteriorating insulation. Settlement was complicated by the fact that the carrier for the converter was defending under a very strong reservation of rights and in fact filed a declaratory relief action against the converter during the pendency of the underlying case. After several mediations Mr. Naumann was able to negotiate a settlement of $1,702,500 for the Association.

June 26, 2015 - News

Cottage Lanes at Windingwalk

Cottage Lanes at Windingwalk
Developer: Otay MF1 LLC
Settlement: $2,000,000.00
Client: Association – Common area defects

Our firm represented the Cottage Lane at Windingwalk Association in a construction defect case against Otay MF1 LLC, Brookfield San Diego Builders Inc., and Brookfield Homes San Diego, Inc., d.b.a. Brookfield Homes. The Association included common areas and 120 units. The units had leaking around windows as well as roof leaks coming down through the walls. Settlement efforts were complicated by the fact that one insurance policy with a $150,000 deductible covered only one half of the units. A second policy covered the other half of the units and had a $5,000,000 deductible.
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June 26, 2015 - News