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Editorial - Drop the hammer on code violators
Saturday, 13 November 2004

An Asbury Park Press editorial

Drop the hammer on code violators

The agency responsible for overseeing housing code enforcement in New Jersey presented a list of proposed reforms last week in response to an 18-month investigation by the State Commission of Investigation that found deficient construction practices, inadequacies in home warranty programs and a badly flawed code enforcement system... But the suggested reforms don't absolve Community Affairs, or the Legislature, of responsibility for a system that is badly broken. And they won't help the thousands of consumers who have been victimized over the years by unscrupulous or incompetent builders and code enforcement officers. Five hearings and 40 hours of testimony on the issue confirmed what SCI Chairman Francis F. Schiller said the agency's earlier investigations had found -- "a startling lack of proper and appropriate enforcement and follow through" at both the state and local levels.

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Public Citizen - First Amendment right to criticize
Wednesday, 10 November 2004

Dissatisfied Home Improvement Customers Have Right to Criticize North Carolina Company on Web, Public Citizen Tells Court
Georgia Residents Launched Web Site After Bad Experience With Siding Installation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two dissatisfied customers of a North Carolina siding company have a First Amendment right to criticize the company - and allow others to do so - on a Web site they set up, Public Citizen has told a federal court in North Carolina.

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Dallas Morning News - Frisco Petitions to regulate Builders
Tuesday, 09 November 2004

9,300 sign Frisco home-building standards petitions
Drive would allow vote on two changes to city charter
The petitions call for an election to allow a vote on two changes to the city's charter. The grass-roots group Take Back Your Rights says the amendments would hold home builders accountable for faulty construction..."The response to our group's petition drive far exceeded all expectations," said Dr. David Becka, who led the effort. "These Frisco amendments will provide the first steps toward protecting new-home buyers, returning to the consumer their constitutional rights."
TakeBackYourRights.com

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Frisco Family invokes the Legislative Process
Saturday, 06 November 2004

The Frisco Story: Why the Becka family decided to help future homebuyers

 After several years and many futile attempts to persuade their builder, Huntington Homes to address construction problems the Becka’s learned that builders are not licensed in Texas and that state laws do not protect homebuyers,.  Finally, upon discovering that their home had been destroyed by toxic mold due to construction defects and non-compliance with city building codes, the Becka’s decided to exercise the legislative process to change the way homebuilders do business in their town. 

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Frisco Grassroots Group Exceeds Signatures Needed For Ballot Vote

Volunteers gathered signatures to require Homebuilder Accountability

 “The Legislative Process is a remarkable privilege. This is the first time in the history of Frisco that citizens have attempted to gather the required signatures to revise the Frisco City Charter and I am delighted to have been a part of the process. This is the first step toward protecting new homebuyers and holding homebuilders accountable for their mistakes,” said Dr. Becka.
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Businesses File More Lawsuits Than Private Citizens
Thursday, 04 November 2004

Public Citizen: U.S.Businesses File Four Times More Lawsuits Than Private Citizens And Are Sanctioned Much More Often for Frivolous Suits
But Corporate America and Political Allies Bush and Cheney Campaign to Limit Citizens’ Rights to Sue...American businesses file four times as many lawsuits as do individuals represented by trial attorneys, and they are penalized by judges much more often for pursuing frivolous litigation, according to a report issued today by Public Citizen.

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Take Back Your Rights Ad
Friday, 29 October 2004

Attention: Frisco Group calls for Homebuyer Protection through Charter Revision 

See Video: Take Back Your Rights 
For Dr. David and Carol Becka of Frisco, however, that dream turned into what they described as a nightmare as the new custom home they built in Starwood became a "money pit" of problems. FRISCO ENTERPRISE 

 
Fooled by Tort Reformer's?
Friday, 29 October 2004

 Is the public being misled?  Tort Reformers have launched a campaign to intentionally mislead the public about  the number of frivolous lawsuits.  Their goal is to ultimately limit liability for Big Business. However, recent research exposes that Businesses file more lawsuits than the general public. Lead by the Homebuilding Industry consumers, especially homeowners are left without recourse due to the to change in consumer protection laws.

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Fooled by Tort Reformers?
 
The IEQ Review
Friday, 29 October 2004
Experts: New Firehouse Contains Health Hazards
By: ABC Action News

TAMPA - Tampa's new $1.4-million firehouse is not only riddled with construction and engineering problems, it is also making some firefighters sick.
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The IEQ Review
Thursday, 28 October 2004
Indoor Dampness a Public Heath Threat
By: Todd Zwillich, WebMD Medical News

May 25, 2004 -- Damp indoor spaces and the molds that breed are likely linked to lung problems including asthma and coughing, a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine shows.
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The IEQ Review
Thursday, 28 October 2004
'Hidden Decay' Clause Pivotal in Lawsuit
By: Robert J. Bruss, Inman News Features

Mary Ann's 70-year-old home was insured with Allstate Insurance Co.'s "all-risk" homeowner's policy. After a window fell out of her home, Mary Ann hired a licensed pest-control inspector to determine the cause of the unexpected accident.
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$8.6 Million personal injuries claim award
Tuesday, 26 October 2004

IEQ Review
Jury Awards $8.6 Million to Calif. Condo Owners For Defects,
Personal Injuries

A California jury on Sept. 8 awarded $8,571,028 in damages for construction defects and personal injuries claimed by residents of a four-story condominium complex in Santa Ana, Calif.

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Businesses File More Lawsuits Than Private Citizens
Tuesday, 26 October 2004

Public Citizens
Oct. 4, 2004 - U.S.Businesses File Four Times More Lawsuits Than Private Citizens And Are Sanctioned Much More Often for Frivolous Suits
But Corporate America and Political Allies Bush and Cheney Campaign to Limit Citizens’ Rights to Sue...American businesses file four times as many lawsuits as do individuals represented by trial attorneys, and they are penalized by judges much more often for pursuing frivolous litigation, according to a report issued today by Public Citizen.

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Something new, someone blue
Saturday, 23 October 2004

Nashville City Paper

Something new, someone blue

By Richard Courtney

…attorney Jean Harrison – A typical case involves a homeowner who has had the house three years or so and has a number of problems with it, but the alleged 'one year warranty' has expired. In actual practice, the one-year warranty has very little to do with a builder's obligation to make repairs.

“…favorite Jean Harrison quote is, "If your house passed codes, it means it got a D -."

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Home Warranty Coverage 'Extremely Limited'
Friday, 22 October 2004

10-22-04 - Realty Times - HADD Report: Home Warranty Coverage 'Extremely Limited'
by Broderick Perkins
It's not that home warranties or those who issue them are deceptive. It's all right there in the small print -- disclaimers, exclusions, "weasel" clauses. "New Home Warranties: Deception or Protection?A Consumer’s Perspective"...  Read more

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Realty Times - Grassroots Groups Claim Bullock Victory As Their Own
Friday, 22 October 2004

Grassroots Groups Claim Bullock Victory As Their Own
by Broderick Perkins -
Realty Times
"A victory for Sandra Bullock brings to an end a long grueling trial that sends a loud message to lawmakers, the home building industry and a message of hope for home buyers of defective homes across the nation," said Jane Ahmad, president of San Antonio, TX-based Home Owners For Better Building (HOBB).

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Villages grill builder about delays in new police headquarters
Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Tremont Homes/Stature Commercial Construction, Inc. has a history of extensive mold contamination in new homes and the new police headquarters in Houston.

Houston Chronicle

Villages grill builder about delays in new police headquarters

Confronting a project six months behind schedule, the Memorial Villages Police Commission is taking steps to terminate its contract with the construction company building a new police headquarters. Read more...

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