University of San Diego School of Law
Palm Springs Community v. National Homebuilder
The Naumann Law Firm and JCL Law Firm represented the owners of 186 single-family homes located in Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, against a National Homebuilder, several subcontractors and a flooring-product-manufacturer. The plaintiff homeowners contended that their newly constructed homes were damaged, in part, because of the installation of a defectively designed flooring product. The defective flooring product caused floor tiles to crack and break. As a result, plaintiffs’ homes lost value and otherwise required the plaintiff homeowners to incur costs to repair and replace their defective tile floors.
William Naumann and Jean-Claude Lapuyade argued that the defendant manufacturer defectively designed the flooring product. As a result, Naumann and Lapuyade asserted that the manufacturer, supplier and the installer, were all liable to the plaintiff homeowners under the theory of strict product liability. Shortly before the start of trial, and following multiple mediations and depositions, Naumann and Lapuyade successfully obtained a settlement for their clients in the amount of $3.92 million.
Naumann is the founder of The Naumann Law Firm PC and concentrates his efforts in construction defect litigation. He represents homeowners, homeowner associations and builders, and has more than 30 years of litigation experience. Naumann’s experience allows him to handle significant construction and conversion cases with complex insurance issues, including bankruptcy of the builder and exhaustion of insurance.
Naumann also authored more than 100 articles and monthly columns for the Trial Bar News as its tort law editor from 1989 to 1998.
He is a member of the State Bar of California; Consumer Attorneys of California; and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (president 1999, member of board of directors, 1989-1998).
He has served on the board of directors for the San Diego Habitat for Humanity and the Interfaith Shelter Network. Naumann graduated from North Central College with honors, and from University of San Diego School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the San Diego Law Review. Naumann is AV-rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is a Super Lawyer honoree.
Naumann is married to Cheryl Naumann and has three daughters and three son-in laws, and two grandchildren. Naumann enjoys skiing, traveling, San Diego Padres baseball, San Diego Chargers football playing guitar and spending time with his family.
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