Logourl black
From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...

Lantzy v. Centex Homes

California Supreme Court
73 P.3d 517 (2003)


Facts

Centex Homes (Centex) (defendant) built the Eagles Ridge project, a development of single-family homes. The homes suffered from design or manufacturing defects that caused window leaks and damaged the homes. Four homeowners (plaintiffs) sued Centex. The lawsuit was filed less than 3 years after the defects were discovered, and the defects could not have been reasonably discovered earlier. However, the lawsuit was filed 10 years and 9 months after the homes’ Notices of Completion were filed. The plaintiffs alleged that Centex had: (1) attempted repairs and (2) told the plaintiffs that the windows were not defective and not to file a lawsuit. Centex argued that the plaintiffs’ claims were barred by the 10-year statute of repose for latent or hidden construction defects. The trial court agreed and dismissed the lawsuit. The California Court of Appeal reversed the decision. Centex then petitioned the California Supreme Court for review.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Holding and Reasoning (Baxter, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

Dissent (Werdegar, J.)

The dissent section is for members only and includes a summary of the dissenting judge or justice’s opinion.

To access this section, please start your free trial or log in.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 174,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.