A nearly $3 million settlement was announced Monday by The Naumann Law Firm in Southern California that benefits the San Diego Homeowners Association. Firm partner and owner William Naumann Esq. and associate Loren Shiu Esq., represented the plaintiffs in San Diego County Superior Court against a developer that had planned to construct more than 230 condominium units in 2004 and 2005.

The Association first identified potential construction issues when it experienced building foundation movement and excessive repair costs to correct leaks at underground pipes. In order to repair the active leaks, the Association was forced to use funds from its reserve account. The firm’s investigation included visual site inspections and intrusive testing, leading to the discovery of, among other things, soil issues, window leaks, and fire-protection deficiencies. The firm’s ability to focus on the scope of the investigation, combined with its systematic approach, led to a successful settlement in the case.

Mr. Naumann and Mr. Shiu argued that the developer was responsible for the defective foundations, water intrusion issues at windows, and the resulting damage stemming from all the construction deficiencies. Following multiple inspections, mediations and depositions, the firm successfully obtained a settlement for the Association in the amount of $2,975,000.