- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill making it more difficult for homeowners to sue over construction defects in their homes.

The bill by Darin Mitchell of Litchfield Park repeals a law allowing homeowners to recover attorney and expert fees when suing a homebuilder for construction defects.

Mitchell says the bill protects homeowners from paying for construction problems while protecting builders from excessive and expensive litigation.

Opponents say homeowners will have to pay the fees out of their award for the construction defects and may not even have enough to pay for their house.

House Bill 2578 also establishes a homebuilder’s right to repair construction defects before a homeowner can sue.

The Senate approved the proposal on a 24-5 vote on Wednesday. Ducey signed the bill on Monday.

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