In February, frustrated by the lack of progress on making repairs to her home, Manuchehri hired prominent Seattle lawyer Dave von Beck, who specializes in construction-defect litigation.
Last year, von Beck successfully sued California-based Shea Homes for failing to adequately waterproof hundreds of homes at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge.
He called it “very unusual” to have a public official who is also a developer in the same city.
“It creates perceptions, especially with buyers of homes that turn out to have serious problems, that something is awry,” von Beck said.
He said cities are largely immune from lawsuits over faulty construction if they are generally following professional standards for inspections.
In the case of Manuchehri’s house, von Beck said, “liability here is firmly on the builder.”
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