Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Contingency fee construction defect lawsuit settlement comes up short

“The community is in a situation where they have less than enough money to do the repairs they need to make. So they need to do so as efficiently as possible,” said HOA Attorney Jerry Orton.

Orton said a third of the settlement went to lawyers from another firm that handled the case. Homeowners aren’t happy.
Thirty-three percent attorney contingency fee contracts may work well in personal injury cases, but can be disastrous in condo construction defect lawsuits. Condo complexes like this one face the prospect of falling into Tyler Berding's death spiral in future years.

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