Construction lawsuits can often be quite frustrating for those involved. Oftentimes, a slight defect in a job or at a job site can result in a lawsuit being filed before the issue has a chance to be resolved. Now, many Texans working in the construction industry will be pleased to learn of a new law that recently went into effect that helps to mitigate knee-jerk lawsuit filings from occurring.
As many Texans – especially Houstonians – know, the months of July, August, and even September can raise concerns about temperamental weather, especially hurricanes. With flooding concerns on the rise in many areas of Houston, it’s important to note that it’s not just homeowners who feel the pressure during these weather events; those in the construction industry also have concerns. The legalities and building regulations involved in a post-Harvey world are changing and will likely continue to change for those in the construction industry, as more storms (and more flooding) occur.
The construction industry in Texas is booming, and while this has many positive effects, it has also given rise to an increase in construction defect lawsuits. Many of these lawsuits arise from multi-family construction projects, particularly condominium projects. A recent Texas Appeals Court decision, however, reaffirms statutory barriers to construction defect lawsuits arising from condominium projects.
Construction projects have many moving parts. Because of this, it’s extremely easy for disputes to arise, which can lead to the filing of a mechanic’s lien against private property. Lien laws in Texas are particularly expansive and complex, so a company facing a lien filing on its property could find itself entangled in a lengthy and expensive legal battle without the help of an experienced construction law attorney.