Nevada’s Chapter 40: Not all its cracked up to be…

Jason Hidalgo wrote a long article at the Reno Gazette-Journal exploring the true impact of Nevada’s Chapter 40 statutes which govern construction defect litigation.

Originally designed to protect homeowners while striking a balance against frivolous lawsuits, Chapter 40 is considered an essential tool for consumer protection by people such as Walker.

The law, however, is coming under fire from Nevada builders, who blame it for skyrocketing insurance premiums and several contractors going out of business.

“We have the worst construction-defect law in the nation,” said Mike Dillon, executive director of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada. “Trial lawyers are abusing this law and using it to throw hundreds of issues against the wall to see what sticks against builders. They’re making a business out of it.”