Housing defect law debated: Are construction rules a godsend or drag on state's economic recovery? | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com: The builders’ automatic legal fees issue stems from a 1995 statute that had the backing of the construction industry, said Reno lawyer Robert Maddox, who has represented homeowners in construction-defect cases for more than 40 years. “In 1995, they (builders) agreed to it because they wanted to get rid of the possibility of punitive damages and emotional distress damages,” Maddox said.
The ongoing economic tension between housing affordability and construction quality. This is a long running public policy debate where that tension plays out.