Verdict in favor of contractor upheld
John Kotsonis sued Raymond Anglin, his contractor, for defective work installing a roof on Kotsonis' home. The jury found that Anglin's work was not in accordance with industry standards, but also held that installing the insulation and vapor barrier upside down did not "cause" Kotsonis' condensation and moisture problems. The Court of Appeals upheld the defense verdict, finding that there was adequate evidence to support the defendant's claim that he acted reasonably in installing the vapor barrier upside down, expecting it to be removed and reinstalled after drywall repairs were completed. While the defendant's claim sounds preposterous and it appears that something else influenced the jurors' decision, the Kotsonis case confirms how difficult it is for a losing litigant to overturn a jury's verdict.