Based in Century City, California, the Law Offices of Laura J. Snoke has handled or participated in a number of important cases involving condominium associations, CC&Rs, and construction defects. Selected published cases and representative settlements include:
Miller v. Lakeside Village Condominium Assn., 1 Cal.App.4th 1611 (1991)
This landmark California Court of Appeals case affirmed the statute of limitations in a mold-related personal injury claim. In this case, the plaintiff-appellant condominium owner claimed to have become increasingly sick due to mold caused by flooding in the complex, but did not receive a valid diagnosis until more than two years later. The court ruled that the earlier incorrect diagnoses did not prevent her from realizing that the defendant's negligence caused her harm and thus, the statute of limitations barred her suit.
Nahrstedt v. Lakeside Village Condominium Assn., 8 Cal.4th 361 (1994)
This landmark California Supreme Court case established the standard for interpretation of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs). In this case, a homeowner in a 530-unit condominium complex sued to prevent the homeowners association from enforcing a restriction against keeping cats, dogs, and other animals in the condominium development. The plaintiff argued the restriction was unreasonable. The court disagreed, citing the fact that the homeowners could collectively repeal that restriction if they wanted and that many other owners may have been induced to purchase their units because of this restriction.
Coleman v. Nostrati, et al.
In this unpublished California Court of Appeals case, the Court upheld a condominium association's ability to enforce CC&Rs by levying assessments, imposing liens, and seeking nonjudicial foreclosure against unit owners who fail to comply with the CC&Rs.
Construction Defect Breach of Contract
In this case, the plaintiff condominium association successfully obtained a $6.6 million settlement against the designers, developer, general contractor, and subcontractors of a 171-unit complex that contained multiple design and construction defects.
Defendant general contractor settled for nearly $250,000 after defects in powder-coated railing surrounding temporary glass balcony enclosures was not of the appropriate thickness and did not stick to the railings. The settlement allowed the plaintiff condominium association to enter into a contract to recoat all of the railings and included reimbursement for attorney and expert witness fees.
Construction Design Defect
Defendants settled for $2,350,000 in a construction defect case involving a variety of defects, including roofing, patio decks, windows, doors, courtyard tile, planters and fireplaces, and water intrusion in a 31-unit Brentwood condominium unit.