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American Arbitration Association Rules April 1, 1996
Friday, 18 February 2000



The construction Industry Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") have been amended for cases filed on and after April 1, 1996.  Set forth below is a summary of the significant changes.  The rules pamphlet should be consulted for the specific changes, as well as minor stylistic changes that appear throughout.

In June 1994, the AAA created the Construction ADR Task Force, comprised of 55 representatives of the construction industry and it advocates. The mission of the Task Force was to undertake a comprehensive review of the AAA’s Construction Dispute Avoidance, Management and Resolution Services, including rules, administrative policies, panels, binding and non-binding forms of ADR, education and training programs, and outreach, with a goal of improving AAA services and helping the AAA be more responsive to the needs of the construction industry.

David Weekley: Dreams were built on shifting sands
Thursday, 27 June 1996

Slab o' Trouble
Some David Weekley homebuyers discovered their dreams were built on shifting sands. What's worse, they say, is that Weekley knew...the foundation was splitting apart, in effect twisting the whole structure like a pretzel. When the kitchen wallpaper was peeled back, the Sheetrock looked like a spider web. "I came home and saw all the cracks," says Claudia, "and I started crying."...one of the windows suddenly groaned and bowed outward like a giant bubble, then cracked...A foundation repair company jacked up the house and put in piers to stabilize the slab -- three times.

David Weekley's Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Thursday, 27 June 1996

Weekley for the Defense
If the Murillos, Townsends and Ganjis tried to bring their suits against David Weekley Homes today, they might have a tougher time in court, thanks to revisions in the law approved during the 1995 legislative session. Those changes were largely due to the efforts of Texans for Lawsuit Reform and its founder, shopping center developer Dick Weekley, David's brother. Not that Dick Weekley intended it that way. When the intense, angular developer says that helping his brother's business was the furthest thing from his mind, one gets the impression that to disagree could prove fatal. "I don't think about Weekley Homes when I'm talking about tort reform," he says. "I think about the agenda that's been developed by people all across the state, and Weekley Homes is never an issue."

KB and Housing Authority still in Hot Seat

Panel seeks independent probe of SAHA
After listening to a dozen angry residents complain about problems they're having buying homes in the taxpayer-funded Villas de Fortuna subdivision, the City Council's Urban Affairs Committee called Tuesday for an independent investigation of the San Antonio Housing Authority, which had the homes built. The proposal must go before the entire City Council for approval. As proposed by District 6 Councilwoman Delicia Herrera, the investigation would be funded by SAHA but controlled by the city, which would find independent investigators to look at the lease-to-purchase program, evaluate the agency's handling of residents' concerns and provide solutions to problems that have endured through three SAHA CEOs, three chief operating officers, and a slew of other officials.

Texas Legislature may take giant step to squash Mortgage Fraud

Tougher mortgage fraud penalties eyed
Mortgage fraud is on the rise, and the Texas Legislature may take a giant step to squash it. Instead of penalizing mortgage fraud perpetrators under general fraud laws, a pending bill would establish specific punishments for mortgage fraud, including imprisonment for up to 20 years and fines of up to $10,000 for knowingly making false statements...Early mortgage defaults, a sign of fraud, are problems in large Texas cities. Houston ranked as the third-worst city for loans originated between 2002 and '05. Dallas-Fort Worth ranked sixth. San Antonio tied for No. 11 with Columbus, Ohio, making these cities "potential fraud hot spots," according to the institute.

Chairman:Itís time to get some significant changes in place for citizens

Texas House panel lashes out at HOAs
House committee challenged homeowners associations Monday to consider greater concessions, with lawmakers using their harshest tone yet against groups resistant to compromise. “At least register so we know who the hell you are,” said Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, taking aim at association representatives’ resistance to tighter monitoring regulations. “At the end of the day, we can’t seem to get here with these groups.”  Calling associations “at least quasigovernmental,” Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, said that “the scales are still tilted to HOA protections.”

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