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Southern Response, Corbel Construction & Uretek

July 10th, 2014
Today I commenced High Court proceedings against Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd, Corbel Construction Ltd and Uretek Ground Engineering (NZ) Ltd in relation to remedial work done on a house.  The remedial work to the house included injecting Uretek beneath a concrete slab.  The homeowner now seeks to recover the...

Finance & Expenditure Committee

June 30th, 2014
The Finance & Expenditure Committee recently heard evidence in relation to the money to be allocated to the Canterbury earthquake recovery.  Here is a link to its report.  I get a mention on page 13....

Insurance & EQC Land Payments

June 15th, 2014
Recently insurance companies have sought to have insureds assign to the insurance company the EQC land claim under s19 EQC Act as part of the settlement of the house claim.  The insurer does not insure the land and has no rights to the land claim, so it should not be...

Labour Party Earthquake Court

June 12th, 2014
On Monday 9 June 2014 the Labour Party released its policy to establish an Earthquake Court as a division of the District Court to hear and resolve claims against insurance companies and EQC.  Here is a link to my interview on Checkpoint on Monday where I articulate my views....

Southern Response ordered to pay costs of $140,722.88 to Routs

May 31st, 2014
By a judgment 20 May 2014 the High Court ordered Southern Response to pay $60,894  as legal costs and $79,828.88 for disbursements to Paul and Georgina Rout subsequent to the judgment of 6 December 2013 by which Southern Response was found liable to pay rebuild costs of $673,330.90.   This...