CCFJ.NET: DR Horton negligent in Jax condo case, jury awards $9.6 million
Article Courtesy of The First Coast News
By Anne Schindler
Published June 23, 2016
JACKSONVILLE — After four years of litigation and an epic 38-day trial, a jury found America’s largest homebuilder was negligent when it built the Jacksonville community of Heron’s Landing.
The verdict requires DR Horton to pay $9.6 million to remove and replace the stucco, roofs and windows on the entire 240-unit development.
Condo residents and experts testified that the Beach Boulevard structures violate Florida building code, and are riddled with defects, including cracked stucco, leaking roofs, and failing windows and sliding glass doors.
Attorneys say the damage amounts to $9 million, or nearly $38,000 per condo.
Before discharging the six member jury, Circuit Judge James Daniel said words could not convey his gratitude for their lengthy service and careful attention. He said a personal goodbye to each juror as they left, shaking their hands, and it was clear jurors were moved. One juror said she was “a hugger,” before embracing the judge tearfully. “It’s emotional,” she admitted. Read more: