Legislature OKs bill making it harder for homeowners to sue

By RYAN VAN VELZER
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill awaiting Gov. Doug Ducey's signature is making it more difficult for homeowners to sue over construction defects in their homes.

The bill by Darin Mitchell of Litchfield Park repeals a law allowing homeowners to recover attorney and expert fees when suing a homebuilder for construction defects.

Mitchell says the bill protects home owners from paying for construction problems while protecting builders from excessive and expensive litigation.

Opponents say homeowners can't recover their losses and pay for expert and attorney fees if the law passes.

House Bill 2578 also establishes a homebuilder's right to repair construction defects before a homeowner can sue.

The Senate approved the proposal on a 24-5 vote on Wednesday and transmitted the bill to the governor Thursday.

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