Federal agencies recently released a new set of criteria to help members and inspectors determine whether recent renovations or construction definitively has defective Chinese drywall. Calling it a “preliminary” protocol, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) outlined standards for homes built from 2001-2008, for the first time acknowledging a wider range of possible homes may be affected than the earlier estimates of 2004-2007.
Continue Reading Federal Agencies Set Criteria for Chinese Drywall Diagnosis

The law firm of Stark & Stark, P.C. has joined forces with Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (HADD) to file an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief urging the New Jersey Supreme Court to allow homeowners to pursue tort remedies against manufacturers of defective building components.
Continue Reading Stark & Stark Joins HADD to Urge New Jersey Supreme Court to Uphold Homeowner Tort Remedies Against Manufacturers of Defective Building Components

Stark & Stark is pleased to announce the launch of its newly designed website at www.stark-stark.com. The design of the new site is intended to make it easier for visitors to access information, find attorney biographies, and research information on the many services Stark & Stark offers. The new home page offers easy access to information on individual offices, a sign-up page for industry specific newsletters and updates on the firm’s active involvement in local community organizations.
Continue Reading Stark & Stark’s New Website

A recent report in the Wall Street Journal details the ongoing frustrations of US homeowners who have been affected by the defective Chinese drywall epidemic. Homeowners were hopeful that Inez Tenebaum, Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, would bring relief back to the US after a recent visit to China. Prior to the trip, Tenenbaum said she would speak to Chinese officials in an effort to gauge their willingness to help pay for the estimated $15-$25 billion dollars in damages.
Continue Reading Chinese Drywall Update: Tenebaum Brings Little Relief To US After Trip to China

Donald B. Brenner, Chair of Stark & Stark’s Construction Litigation group, interviewed Ron Wright, Chief Operating Officer of R.V. Buric Construction Consultants in a four-part video series. In this third installment, Mr. Brenner and Mr. Wright discuss the common problems associated with decks and balconies in construction projects
Continue Reading Common Problems Associated With Decks and Balconies

Donald B. Brenner, Shareholder and Chair of Stark & Stark’s Construction Litigation Group, presented materials related to minimizing acrimony and conflict while preserving an Association’s rights with respect to construction defects and/or repairs, in conjunction with David J. Byrne, Esquire, during a seminar entitled “Managing Costs and Risks in Challenging and Uncertain Economic Times”. The presentation was held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 13, 2009.
Continue Reading Stark & Stark Shareholder Presents Seminar on Transition, Building Defects and Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Environmental Protection Agency released new information from recent tests conducted on the materials used in Chinese Drywall. The EPA reports that drywall produced in China contains sulfur, and two other organic compounds which are generally used in the production of acrylic paint. These materials are not used in the production of drywall made in the United States. The EPA also found that Chinese produced drywall contains 10-times the amount of strontium (a metallic element) than that of American made drywall.
Continue Reading EPA Tests Confirm: Chinese Drywall Contains Toxic Chemicals US Drywall Does Not

Contributory negligence is the common-law construct whereby any negligence by a plaintiff acts as a total bar to recovery against a negligent tortfeasor. The contributory negligence doctrine has been uniformly criticized as overly harsh, allowing culpable parties to avoid the consequences of their actions, and leaving relatively innocent plaintiffs without recourse.
Continue Reading New Jersey Appellate Division Resurrects Deceased Contributory Negligence Doctrine: Consumer’s Pre-Purchase Notice of Product Defect Bars PLA Recovery of “Other Property” Damage Inflicted After Purchase

Stark & Stark Shareholder and Construction Litigation group Chair, Donald B. Brenner, will serve as the moderator and as a presenter at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s seminar, Tackling Construction Law Issues. The seminar will take place Wednesday, July 29, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the New