A group of homeowners joined together to sue the builder of their development for selling them homes with infiltrator septic systems instead of stone and pipe septic systems, which allegedly have a substantially-shorter useful life. Since many of the homes were sold over ten years prior to the filing of the complaint, the Plaintiffs only filed Consumer Fraud Act ("CFA") claims and did not file faulty design or construction defect claims. However, the Appellate Division affirmed the ruling of the trial judge that all claims must be dismissed based upon the statute of repose. Noting the broad application of the statute of repose, that it covered all claims regardless of how a plaintiff couches the cause of action, citing the legislature's use of the language that no action could be brought after ten years, "whether in contract, in tort, or otherwise." (Allen, et. al. v. Beazer Homes Corporation)
Peter J. Vazquez, Jr.