Picture yourself in this situation: A county sheriff arrives at
your office and hands you a summons and complaint. You've been
named a defendant in a lawsuit. Reading the complaint, you learn
the plaintiff owns a commercial office building where you installed
a built-up roof system five years ago.
Reading the complaint further, you learn the owner, increasingly
frustrated with recurring leaks and fearing the roof might blow off
in a storm, has reroofed the building and seeks to recover the
reroofing costs from your company in the pending lawsuit.
Upon checking your company's records, you see your firm received
intermittent leak calls from the owner's property manager. Your
company's last communication in response to the leak calls was to
notify the owner that your company's two-year warranty had long
You and your attorney delve further into the lawsuit to prepare
your defense. You learn the owner, after receiving notice that your
firm's two-year warranty had expired, retained a roof consultant
who took test cuts and monitored the existing roof system's...
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