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$________ Construction Negligence – Improper construction of condo – Water damage – Bench trial.

Hudson County, NJ

This action was brought by a condominium association who contended that the defendant contractor constructed portions of the eight-story building in an improper fashion. The plaintiff contended that although the architectural plans called for the use of a hard coat stucco exterior, the sub-standard work included the use of interior grade ceramic tiles on the exterior of the building. The plaintiff maintained that units subsequently sustained extensive water damage. The plaintiff further contended that portions of the roof were defective, heightening the damage. The predominant portion of the claim involved the siding.

The plaintiff sought a total of approximately $2.6 million in damages against the defendant contractor. The defendant contended that the roof was constructed properly. Although it conceded that ceramic tiles are not an appropriate exterior cladding material, it disputed that the remediation costs were in excess of $2 million. The defendant did not produce a damages expert. The judge awarded $________.

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