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Sunday, September 9, 2012

They Come in Waves

legal wave
Having been in the legal research business for a while now, I've noticed some trends.  For instance, every 6 months we have a wave of people looking for information about the entrapment defense (criminal stuff).  With the economy the way it is, every few months we have a wave of people coming looking for information about foreclosures.  While it is usually a steady stream throughout the year, around February (the month of love) we get an uptick on the number of persons seeking information about marital dissolution (i.e. they want a divorce).

Given the waves we get, it should come as no surprise that we're starting to notice another wave.  Specifically, we're noticing a number of people looking for information about construction defect.  In fact, just the other day we had three people ask the same type of questions on the same basic problem.  Seems they had bought their house in a relatively new housing track.  Seems all three have the same problem - the upstairs bathroom is Mold in your house
leaking water into the downstairs living room and kitchen.  They've got water stains all over the place and two of the couples were complaining about mold issues.  I don't know about you, but mold can become a big issue with kids and allergies.

Anyway, it's a good thing they came to our law library because we have a number of general and California specific resources relating to construction defect issues such as Construction Defect: Claims and Litigation (STP), Construction Disputes: Practice Guide with Forms (Aspen), Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States (Aspen), and - my favorite - California Construction Contracts, Defects, and Litigation (CEB).  Then, as icing on a cake, I also handed him Toxic Mold Litigation (ABA).

So, whether you're legal issue is unique or is so common that everyone on your block is having the same problem, know that your local county law library has heard it all before and is just waiting to help you find whatever it is you're looking for.

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