Florida condo HOA, management company must pay $5M to victim of snake bite

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Silver Shores Master Association, Miramar, Florida and KW Property Management recently reached a $5 million settlement agreement with Plaintiff Patricia Young, a former resident of the condominium association in Broward County. According to Local 10 News and other sources linked below, Young was stepping outside to her back yard one day in 2015, when a poisonous water moccasin bit her toe. The reptile had been hiding in the Continue ReadingFlorida condo HOA, management company must pay $5M to victim of snake bite

Sinkholes in Ocala FL threaten homes and residents: so why continue to build homes in Sinkhole Alley?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Another Buyer Beware warning: know the sinkhole risk for the land of your new neighborhood. Buyers may assume that city and county governments would never allow a developer to build homes on limestone-rich soil that is prone to sudden collapse sinkholes. After all, some of Florida’s sinkholes are large enough to swallow up vehicles and entire homes, lead to extensive property loss and, sometimes, even loss of human life. Continue ReadingSinkholes in Ocala FL threaten homes and residents: so why continue to build homes in Sinkhole Alley?

New Report: Lamplight Village’s insurance attorney could have settled for less than $2 M, but declined

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Last month, homeowners of Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs, Las Vegas, Nevada, were shocked by news of a $20 million verdict against their homeowners’ association. Readers may recall a jury made the award in favor of Carl Thompson, who was only 15 years old when he was injured by the collapse of a swing set on HOA property, resulting in life-altering traumatic brain injury. The HOA was only Continue ReadingNew Report: Lamplight Village’s insurance attorney could have settled for less than $2 M, but declined

HOA, Condo, Co-op litigation and case law quarterly highlights (March 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Carl Thompson v. Lamplight Village Homeowners Association, docket number A-14-697688-C. Latest update on Lamplight Village HOA liability for $20 million verdict: Very little information is being released by the HOA to the general public. However, the following letter from attorney Michael W. McKelleb, independent counsel for Lamplight Village HOA, has been released on two public access Facebook pages. According to McKelleb, Mr. Thompson (the Plaintiff) has agreed not Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op litigation and case law quarterly highlights (March 2018)