COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2019
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We are involved in various routine legal and regulatory proceedings, including, without limitation, claims and litigation alleging construction defects. In general, the proceedings are incidental to our business, and most exposure is subject to and should be covered by warranty and indemnity obligations of our consultants and subcontractors. Additionally, some such claims are also covered by insurance. With respect to the majority of pending litigation matters, our ultimate legal and financial responsibility, if any, cannot be estimated with certainty and, in most cases, any potential losses related to these matters are not considered probable. Historically, most disputes regarding warranty claims are resolved prior to litigation. We believe there are not any pending legal or warranty matters that could have a material adverse impact upon our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows that have not been sufficiently reserved.
As discussed in Note 1 under the heading “Warranty Reserves”, we have case specific reserves within our $22.0 million of total warranty reserves related to alleged stucco defects in homes in certain Florida communities we developed prior to 2016. We are involved in legal proceedings relating to such stucco defects. Our review of these stucco related matters is ongoing and our estimate of and reserve for future costs of repairs is based on our judgment, various assumptions and internal data. Due to the degree of judgment and the potential for variability in our underlying assumptions and data, as we obtain additional information, we may revise our estimate and thus our related reserves.
We also are currently in the process of completing final repairs from a foundation design and performance matter affecting a single community in Texas. In addition to the repairs required to be made to homes within that community, we have been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by homeowners in that community. As of December 31, 2019, the claim we made for this matter under our general liability insurance policies has initially been denied, which we disagree with and have disputed
with our insurance carrier. We regularly review our reserves, and adjust them, as necessary to reflect changes as more information becomes available. Nearly all of the identified repairs have been made, however, our estimate of costs to resolve this matter are updated regularly as progress is made or as new information becomes available. As of December 31, 2019, after considering potential recoveries from the contractors involved and their insurers and the potential recovery under our general liability insurance policies, we believe our reserves are sufficient to cover both the above mentioned stucco related repairs and claims and the claims related to the Texas community. See Note 1 for information related to our warranty obligations.
See Note 4 for information related to our leases.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef