A Laguna Niguel Master Association Recovers $3.75 Million for Slope Problems

    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2200 residential home
 master community, Laguna Heights Community Association, located in Laguna
 Niguel, recovered $3.75 million against some of the country's largest
 builders, including J.F. Shea Company, Inc., Rhodes Corporation, Standard
 Pacific Corporation and Seaside Meadow Partners.  The final settlement was
 placed on the record before Judge Stuart Waldrip of the Orange County Superior
     Neighboring the community crushed by the 1998 Laguna Niguel landslide,
 this master association filed a lawsuit in November 19, 1996 for common area
 defects that plagued the common area slopes.  This resulted in cracks and
 separations in terrace drains and down drains, tilted, cracked and stained
 retaining walls, separation of side yard walls and pilaster connections,
 cracked concrete flatwork and asphalt pavement, soil erosion in graded and
 natural areas and backyard distress.
     "Laguna Niguel is notorious for landslides and slope creep problems.
 Slope creep is a slow, debilitating process that, with time, causes
 significant damage to anything lying in its path.  Over the past ten years, we
 have recovered millions for soils related problems in this area alone on
 behalf of homeowners and associations.  Currently, we have pending various
 multi-million dollar construction defect and soils subsidence claims in the
 same vicinity including the 440-unit Del Prado Homeowners Association and the
 204-unit California Renaissance Community Association," according to
 construction defect attorney Thomas E. Miller.
     Miller also represented the Crown Valley Parkway Condominium Association,
 crushed by the infamous 1998 Laguna Niguel Landslide.
     To speak to homeowners, call Rachel Miller at (800) 403-3332.  Since 1981,
 Thomas E. Miller, The Miller Law Firm, Newport Beach, has recovered over
 $300 million on behalf of homeowners and condominium associations in
 California.  The Miller Law Firm is on the internet at

SOURCE The Miller Law Firm

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