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Pa. Justices Slam Door On Home Warranties For 2nd Owners

Law360, Chicago (August 19, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT) -- Implied habitability warranties from homebuilders do not extend to secondary purchasers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday, dooming a suburban Philadelphia couple’s suit accusing The Cutler Group Inc. of shoddy construction work on their house.

The state high court’s seven justices overturned a 2012 decision in favor of homeowners Michael and Deborah Conway, ruling that the couple couldn’t invoke the warranty because — unlike the original purchasers of the home — they weren’t party to a sale contract with Cutler, according to an opinion penned by...
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