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State Supreme Court Rules that CGL Policies Do Not Cover Faulty Subcontractor Work

Filed in Legal by on October 10, 2018 0 Comments
State Supreme Court Rules that CGL Policies Do Not Cover Faulty Subcontractor Work

In a case the home building industry was watching closely, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a commercial general liability policy, even with a products-completed operations-hazard clause, does not cover faulty work performed by a subcontractor that results in property damage.

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Supreme Court Hears ‘Takings’ Arguments

Filed in Land Development, Legal by on October 4, 2018 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears ‘Takings’ Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 heard arguments in Knick v. Township of Scott, an important land use case which could decide whether a plaintiff can bring a Fifth Amendment “takings” claim in federal court. NAHB filed a merits-level amicus brief in June.

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Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on October 3, 2018 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears Members’ Dusky Frog Case

The U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term Oct. 1 by hearing oral argument in Weyerhaeuser v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which involves a clash between two NAHB members and the dusky gopher frog. NAHB has been involved in the case from the start, most recently weighing in with an amicus brief on the merits of the case.

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Supreme Court Ready to Hear 2 Important Cases

Filed in Land Development, Legal by on September 28, 2018 1 Comment
Supreme Court Ready to Hear 2 Important Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court starts a new term on Monday, Oct. 1 with two cases that home builders have been following closely.

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NAHB Seeks Additional ‘Safe Harbor’ for Accessibility Requirements

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal, Multifamily by on September 26, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Seeks Additional ‘Safe Harbor’ for Accessibility Requirements

The Department of Justice is seeking NAHB’s assistance to help home builders and design professionals better understand the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility provisions. In an August letter to HUD officials, NAHB provided some concrete assistance.

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Arbitration Trumps Litigation: Home Builder Construction Disputes

Filed in Business Management, Legal by on September 12, 2018 2 Comments
Arbitration Trumps Litigation: Home Builder Construction Disputes

Arbitration is widely used in most industries and is particularly beneficial for home builders and homeowners to expeditiously settle construction disputes, which are often technical in nature.

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New Home Building Arbitration Rules Provide for Quicker Resolutions

Filed in Legal by on August 27, 2018 2 Comments
New Home Building Arbitration Rules Provide for Quicker Resolutions

The American Arbitration Association recently issued revisions to its Home Construction Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures, which became effective on August 1. The revisions are intended to expedite the alternative dispute resolution process.

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Legal Morass Muddies the Waters on the WOTUS Rule

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Legal by on August 20, 2018 1 Comment
Legal Morass Muddies the Waters on the WOTUS Rule

A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for South Carolina means that for the foreseeable future, roughly half of U.S. states will be abiding by one set of rules pertaining to waters of the United States while the rest will abide by different rules.

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Grants Help Members, HBAs Fight Industry Issues

Filed in Councils & Committees, Legal, Membership by on August 8, 2018 2 Comments
Grants Help Members, HBAs Fight Industry Issues

The NAHB Executive Board has approved five new grants to members and state and local HBAs as recommended by the NAHB Legal Action Committee during the Midyear Meeting last month. The grants range in size from $5,000 to $25,000.

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It’s Time for Home Builders to Get Serious about Cyber Security

Filed in Councils & Committees, Legal, Technology by on July 23, 2018 0 Comments
It’s Time for Home Builders to Get Serious about Cyber Security

The infamous 2013 Target cyber attack, which saw credit and debit card information from 40 million consumers exposed, began when hackers gained access to the Target payment system through an HVAC contractor. With nearly every aspect of the home building industry moving online and most information stored in digital formats, it’s time for every home builder to seriously assess their cyber security and potential exposure to liability.

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