Ariz. ruling finds leeway for home defect suits

PHOENIX –

Arizona homeowners don’t have to buy directly from builders to sue them for defective work, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case with implications for consumers and businesses alike.

“Innocent buyers of defectively constructed homes should not be denied redress on the implied warranty simply because of the form of the business deal chosen by the builder and vendor,” Justice Andrew Hurwitz wrote in the unanimous ruling Tuesday.

The ruling in a high-profile business case that attracted interest from industry, homeowner and consumer groups revives a lawsuit filed in connection with a Phoenix lofts project.

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