Bill to Let Homeowners Sue on Way to Ritter

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Denver (AP) Homeowners who signed away their right to sue when they bought a new home would be able to take developers to court under a bill now on its way to the governor.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill and if Governor
Ritter signs it into law, it would take effect immediately.

Backers of the change say homeowners are being denied their right to sue to get construction defects fixed under a law passed four years ago. Supporters of the change include Scott Sullan, a lawyer who has filed construction defect lawsuits.

On the other side is the Colorado Association of Home Builders, which pushed to limit how much money homeowners can win in court back in 2003. They say steering homeowners and builders into arbitration, rather than court, to get defects fixed helps keep the cost of housing down.

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