Thousands of homeowners in northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York have a major problem, one threatening the health and safety of families, devaluing their properties and leading to six-figure repair bills. Improper stucco installation and building code violations have made numerous homes vulnerable to water damage. Homes throughout the tri-state area are crumbling from top to bottom – with only the families left holding the billion dollar check.
Meet Our Defective Stucco Lawyers
Homeowners are now filing stucco lawsuits across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, accusing developers, contractors and subcontractors of performing sub-par stucco work that left their homes open to moisture infiltration. Even the State of Pennsylvania has joined the fight, filing its own lawsuit against a “luxury” builder over stucco homes allegedly riddled by premature water damage.
When moisture has been allowed to infiltrate a home, the only answer is remediation – a costly, time-consuming process that can set families back by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, projects like that are rarely covered by homeowners’ insurance. To cover the costs of remediation, some homeowners have no choice but file suit against the home’s developer or contractor.
Our attorneys are here to help.
Experienced Attorneys Stand With Affected Families
StuccoLegal.com is sponsored by the lawyers at the Liss Law Firm, a Pennsylvania law firm, Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP, a Pennsylvania law firm, and Banville Law, PLLC, a New York law firm. Led by the firms’ managing partners the firms’ attorneys have worked tirelessly to protect the rights of individuals for a combined 40 years, recovering over $150 million in compensation for their clients.
Over 7 decades of combined legal experience, these attorneys have secured a hard-won reputation for successfully litigating difficult construction cases, repeatedly holding negligent builders and contractors accountable. The firms’ lawyers have gained an in-depth working knowledge of each state’s rigorous building codes, along with standard practices within the state’s construction industry – experience that will prove instrumental in building solid cases against home builders, contractors and developers.
Perry Liss, Esq.
A local and current resident of Philadelphia, Mr. Perry Liss is the managing partner of the Liss Law Firm. With offices in center city Philadelphia, Mr. Liss has taken a leading role in the stucco litigation and on a day to day basis speaks with several clients who are facing the stress and financial pressures of having to have their defective stucco repaired. Mr. Liss is known by his peers as an aggressive trial attorney who does not back down in the face of large insurance defense law firms.
Mr. Liss has worked in the real estate and defective construction field of law since he started out more than 10 years ago.
Jeffrey F. Laffey, Esq.
Son of a union carpenter, firm co-founder Jeffrey Laffey has served to protect the best interests of Pennsylvania families for over 18 years. Before founding the firm, Laffey worked to represent hundreds of construction workers in legal disputes. Laffey frequently lectures to construction trade groups on workplace regulations and industry standards.
In one recent victory, he successfully litigated a case involving injuries sustained during the construction collapse of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, securing $12.7 million in compensation for his clients.
Legal Recognition, Honors & Education
Jeff Laffey was honored as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers Association five years in a row, from 2011 to 2015.
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star (2005 – 2012)
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2013 – 2016)
Laffey secured his Bachelor of Arts in 1995 from St. Joseph’s University, before earning his Juris Doctor from Villanova Law School in 1998. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
V. Paul Bucci, Esq.
Before founding Laffey, Bucci & Kent in 2009, Paul Bucci had already secured an impressive record of trial victories, spending more than a decade as a distinguished plaintiffs’ attorney at some of Philadelphia’s most notable law firms.
As one of the lead attorneys representing workers injured in the Tropicana Casino parking garage collapse, Bucci’s work was instrumental in securing the largest construction accident settlement in U.S. history – a $101 million resolution. In recent years, Paul Bucci’s successes have only continued. Over the last 8 years alone, Bucci has served as lead or co-lead counsel in litigations that secured around $160 million in jury verdicts or settlements.
Legal Recognition, Honors & Education
In 2015, he was honored by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as among the “Nation’s Top One Percent” of practicing attorneys. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel is dedicated to recognizing an elite selection of attorneys who promote “the highest standards of legal excellence,” taking education, trial experience, case outcomes and professional reputation into account through a 4-stage objective vetting process.
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star (2008, 2010)
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
- National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100 Trial Lawyers In Pennsylvania (2011 – 2015)
Paul Bucci earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Virginia University in 1993. He went on to secure his Juris Doctor in 1998 from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, along with the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and US District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.
Brian D. Kent, Esq.
Before founding Laffey, Bucci & Kent, Brian Kent served as a prosecutor in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Sex Crimes Unit. Today, he has distinguished himself as one of Pennsylvania’s leading plaintiffs’ attorneys, working extensively on cases involving the construction industry. Kent has played a lead role in securing numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.
Legal Recognition, Honors & Education
Brian Kent has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2013 to 2016, after being recognized among the state’s Rising Star trial attorneys from 2010 to 2012. Currently a Lecturer in Trial Advocacy at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Kent is also an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University School of Law.
- National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers In Pennsylvania (2011 – 2015)
- National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 in Pennsylvania (2011 – 2015)
- Legal Intelligencer – Lawyer on the Fast Track (2008)
Brian Kent earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Delaware in 2000. He secured his Juris Doctor in 2003 from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he distinguished himself as a promising young attorney, becoming the National Trial Team’s National Champion in 2002. He is admitted to practice in the courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois, along with the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and federal district courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Local Neighborhoods Plagued By Stucco Water Damage
Experts say that a staggering number of stucco-clad homes in the northeast are marred by serious construction defects. After investing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, families have learned that shoddy building is compromising the structural integrity of their new “dream” homes. Some families have been living surrounded by black mold, a serious health hazard, for years.
Properly installed, stucco siding can withstand the elements for decades. But as many homeowners have learned, the stucco-clad homes built in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York over the last two decades can begin to develop signs of water damage within a matter of years. Peel back the layers and housing inspectors have discovered thick plywood studs literally crumbling.
It all comes down to “faulty construction,” says Kevin Thompson, an independent home inspection expert. Throughout the building boom of the 2000s, developers and contractor-vendors worked quickly to turn a profit. Quick work led to shortcuts, including unacceptably shoddy stucco installation. Now, homeowners are beginning to fight back, filing lawsuits against developers, contractors and subcontractors. In their complaints, dozens of Pennsylvania families say they were sold homes of substandard quality and construction, in violation of Pennsylvania’s strong consumer protection laws.
Secure A Free Stucco Home Consultation Today
Our attorneys believe that hundreds of other homeowners may have viable claims, too. If your stucco-clad home has begun to show signs of water damage, your family may be entitled to significant financial compensation. It’s important to note, however, that moisture infiltration may not be obvious. Some families have only become aware of the problem after watching ladders and scaffolding go up on other homes in their neighborhood.
Our attorneys are investigating potential stucco lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis. That means you pay us nothing unless we secure compensation in your case. To learn more about case eligibility and taking the next steps, contact the attorneys at the Liss Law Firm, Laffey, Bucci & Kent and Banville Law today to receive a free consultation. Find more information at no charge and no obligation.