A state judge in South Carolina has granted preliminary class-action status to lawsuits alleging defective stucco work on homes in Sun City Hilton Head. The order issued by Judge J. Michael Baxley could affect as many as 4,000 homes. Judge Baxley ruled a class action would prevent similar cases from clogging the courts. Currently, there are about 140 cases now pending. In 2010, the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and said the initial suit filed by Anthony and Barbara Grazia, could be made a class action. Defendants in the case include a plastering company, the community’s developer, a home builder and an architect. The class action ruling is preliminary because, under South Carolina law, the builders have a chance to first offer repairs, money or some other solution.
Source: Claims Journal
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