http://www.ai.org/judiciary/opinions/archive/08280302.ewn.html Manufacturers of kit log homes often hide behind a ‘forum selection clause.’ As a consumer you NEED to understand this legal principle and how it impacts your rights to sue.
http://www.tycolaw.com/newsletter_fall_03.html The Indiana court of appeals rules that the insurance carriers of kit log home builders ARE NOT responsible for construction defects in the log homes that they build. In other words, the kit builders buy insurance to cover the building process, but the insurance company is not liable for damages that result from ‘bad construction practices.’ This ruling gives insurance companies a lot of wiggle room to get off the hook, making it easier for them to deny the claims of people who own poorly built kit log homes.
http://wings.buffalo.edu/law/bclc/web/nynorman.html Two builders of kit log homes are accused of larceny by the state of NY — for taking payments from consumers yet failing to deliver log homes as promised. This occurs more often than you think, but usually the kit builders just hide behind bankruptcy.
http://www.mslawyer.com/mssc/ctapp/960423/93-711.html A manufacturer of kit log homes is charged with breach of contract for failing to honor clearly expressed warranties.
Note how the builder and manufacturer try to blame each other in court — no one wants to be accountable. Both parties can hide behind this finger pointing game, dragging out the legal proceedings, while the consumer is left with a log home that they can’t live in.
http://www.wallacejordan.com/decisions/Opinions2002/1000787.htm A man who buys a kit log home discovers that 1) his foundation is not level 2) his doors and windows do not fit correctly 3) the sheetrock job is substandard 4) electrical work has not been done properly, et cetera… “Inspectors pronounced [the home] substandard’ before it was even completed.” This kind of story is far more common than you might imagine, the maxim of ‘Caveat Emptor” reigns supreme within the kit log home industry.