Nevada courts and judges spend lots of time dealing with construction defect disputes. During the economic boom, Nevada designers and builders put up many residential and commercial buildings. Some were well designed and built. Others? Not so much! The case of Terracon Consultants Western, Inc. v. Mandalay Resort Gp., 125 Nev. 66, 206 P.3d 81 (2009) was just one of those construction defect suits.
What often happens in a construction defect suits is that the owners who find construction problems sue the general contractor and a few subs who may have caused the problems. Then the general sues others who they think might be at fault. Then in turn they sue other subs who then sue others with plenty of cross-claims and counterclaims to go around. Construction defect defense lawyers often joke that the only reason they are in the suit is because their contractor simply walked on the project. [Continue reading]