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Bureau to Explore Arbitrationís Effects on Consumers
Tuesday, 24 April 2012

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU LAUNCHES PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO ARBITRATION CLAUSES
Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a public inquiry into how consumers and financial services companies are affected by arbitration and arbitration clauses.

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Pulte Power: Pulte Cancels City Council Meeting
Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Pulte Homes Reschedules Official City Council Meeting
Pulte made a last minute request to change the date of the schedule meeting before the Clermont City Council.  Pulte took matters into their own hands and placed their own signs with their own dates.  See Pulte Sign Notice.

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Fairhaven Houses Worse then Ever and Pulte Cancels Meetings
Monday, 09 April 2012

Angry Schertz homeowners decry lack of progress
In the Fairhaven subdivision in Schertz, the faults are readily apparent in this Pulte-built community: cracking walls, sidewalks, driveways and more."We have let them in our house multiple times to fix our problems and now ... my foundation is patched,” Hollestelle said. “They call it fixed."... Janet Ahmad, of Homeowners for Better Building, said builders are not held accountable for mistakes. "They get nothing when they build a bad house,” Ahmad said. “They don't get a ticket, they don't lose their license.

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Compelling Arbitration - No Class Action
Monday, 09 April 2012

Buyer Had Adequate ‘Clickthrough' Notice of Terms
An AT&T customer will have to arbitrate claims individually, rather than pursue class claims in court, after a federal court decided March 26 that an online “clickthrough” process provided adequate notice of an arbitration agreement.
  The plaintiff, Richard Sherman, sought to litigate an overcharge claim against AT&T Inc. in federal district court on behalf of a class...The online registration notice to the plaintiff did not explicitly mention the arbitration clause, the court acknowledged. But it did say, “other conditions and restrictions apply,”

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Homebuilders Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosures Still A Mess
Monday, 09 April 2012

Americans brace for next foreclosure wave
Half a decade into the deepest U.S. housing crisis since the 1930s, many Americans are hoping the crisis is finally nearing its end. House sales are picking up across most of the country, the plunge in prices is slowing and attempts by lenders to claim back properties from struggling borrowers dropped by more than a third in 2011, hitting a four-year low.

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Pulte-Centex Labor Department Probe
Sunday, 25 March 2012

U.S. Battles Home Builder Over Pay Probe
The Labor Department has stepped up pressure on PulteGroup Inc. in what has become a nasty battle between the Michigan-based home builder and the Obama administration over an investigation into the housing industry's pay practices. The department filed a petition in federal district court in Michigan on Feb. 28 seeking to compel Pulte to produce thousands of records related to its employees and subcontractors, as requested in a subpoena it sent the company last year. ...Federal officials issued the subpoena as part of a broader investigation into pay practices of at least five national home-building companies. Related article: U.S. Hits Builders With Pay Probe       Pulte Homes Under U.S. Labor Dept. Investigation
The Boston Global: Pulte Homes contractors fined for failing to pay workers and taxes 
   

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D.R. Horton Homes Built on Sewer Treatment Plant
Monday, 12 March 2012

Stablewood Farms residents say builder never told about old sewer plant
Several homeowners in a southwest San Antonio neighborhood say they were not told their homes were built over an old sewer treatment plant and are demanding the builder buy back the homes. Residents in Stablewood Farms, some wearing radiation suits and gas masks, were waving signs in protest on Monday outside the D.R. Horton corporate officers.

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More Great Walls of Pulte-Centex
Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Residents fear another retaining wall disaster
Residents living in the Fairhaven subdivision have been asking builder Pulte to buy back their homes for awhile now. They told News 4 WOAI they are concerned a retaining wall in their neighborhood could come tumbling down. "I feel this is unsafe, the wall is already starting to separate, " said homeowner Bruce Touve. Neighbors said the cracks and separation along the retaining walls isn't sitting well with them.

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Will Walls Come Tumbling Down?
Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Fairhaven residents: Dream home a nightmare; Pulte should pay
“The last thing we need is to have this wall come crumbling down into our bedroom," Mendoza says. “I wake up in the middle of the night. I wake up in the morning thinking about it.”  Related photos: Building Pulte Walls with no Foundation

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Pulte-Centex, Builders Unhappy over Charter Amendment Bond
Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Homeowners seeking vote on builders rules

Some homeowners are calling for a ballot measure that would require builders to post surety bonds on every new home. The Schertz proposal would require home builders to post a $25,000 surety bond to cover home repairs if a builder did not address the problems. Homeowners hope to gather 925 signatures, enough to get the proposal on the May ballot.They estimate that of 210 homes in Phases II and III of the Fairhaven neighborhood, 70 have reported problems. More than 40 residents have asked the builder to buy back their homes. Baldwin said the city is willing to talk about changing ordinances. And he said he's sympathetic to the idea of a home lemon law. That's something the advocacy group Homeowners for Better Building, which is advising some of the Fairhaven owners, has been fighting for in Austin.  Related Features: Pulte Homes Foundation

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Pulte-Del Webb: Pulte Brags Over 460 Home Construction Defect $13.6M Lose
Friday, 02 March 2012

Homeowners win $13.6M in arbitration against Del Webb
An arbitration panel has awarded homeowners in the Sun City Grand community in Surprise $13.6 million as compensation for construction defects at homes built by Del Webb Communities Inc. The binding arbitration covers 460 homes. Del Webb spokeswoman Jacque Petroulakis said the arbitrators awarded just $7.8 million to the homeowners involved and $5.7 million for attorney's fees, expert fees and cost. She said the original claim, filed in 2008, asked for $52 million, substantially more than ultimately was awarded.

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