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Castro & Associates is highly regarded in the field of construction defect law, and has been featured in a number of articles.  These articles have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic and many others.  Here are just a few articles for your viewing pleasure.
 
 
 
 
Autopsy of a Tragedy
The stench of decay was almost unbearable. Flies buzzed everywhere. Large black letters denoting a time and “DB”--for dead body--were spray-painted on crumbling stucco walls.
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Construction Faults Alleged in Building Collapse
The fractured walls and floors of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex reveal alleged “construction defects” that may have contributed to the building’s collapse during the January 17, 1994 earthquake, according to a consultant who says he has reviewed the original building plans.
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Courting Disaster
Santa Monica attorney Joel B. Castro knows that paper shredding isn’t the only way to destroy evidence. So this specialist in construction law obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent the owners of Northridge Meadows from tearing down the buildings. Read more…

Court Makes Inspection of Disaster Site
The judge, who ultimately must decide whether this disaster was an act of God or man, or some combination of the two, was but the latest of thousands of people who have been drawn to the collapsed building.
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Demolition of Complex Worries Veteran Lawyers
The Impending demolition of the Northridge Meadows apartments has struck dread into the hearts of seasoned lawyers who have never before conducted such a review of evidence. Read more…

Demolition of Northridge Meadows Raises Legal Issues

The dissection of the Northridge Meadows apartments began Monday with a press conference in which lawyers from all sides differed sharply over basic facts in the wrongful death case. Read more…

Demolition of Ravaged Complex Ordered
A judge ordered Friday the “controlled demolition” of Northridge Meadows apartment complex, which partially collapsed during the Jan. 17 earthquake killing 16 people. Read more…

Evidence of Collapse Focus of Legal Fight
The owner of the Northridge Meadows apartments, where 16 people died in the Jan. 17 earthquake, has asked a judge to keep secret the results of a private investigation into how and why the building collapsed. Read more…

Flawed Building Codes Are Cited in Collapse
For almost a month, they chain-sawed and crow-barred their way into the flattened walls of the Northridge Meadows Apartments, where 16 people died in the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake. Read more…

Has Enough Been Done Since the 1994 Quake?
The last of a series of building code revisions based on the 1994 Northridge earthquake is expected to pass this month, making Los Angeles, already considered among the world’s most quake-prepared cities, even more so. Read more…

Indiana Jones of Attorneys?
Joel Bracamonte Castro is sprawled on a lawn chair, wearing jeans, a multi-pocket fishing vest, a metal helmet and a camera around his neck. Read more…

Legal Aftershocks Will Keep Lots of Lawyers Busy
Within a day of the Northridge earthquake, Santa Monica attorney Joel B. Castro’s phone was ringing.
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Living with California’s Faults
At 4:31 in the morning on January 17, 1994, the earth’s crust snapped 11.4 miles beneath the community of Northridge in Los Angeles. An immense slab of rock began to thrust upward along an unknown buried fault, shifting the San Fernando Valley eight inches and releasing a surge of energy approaching in power the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Read more…

Northridge Meadows Dismantling Begins; Ex-Tenants Denied Access
The whine of chain saws in the early morning fog Monday marked the start of an autopsy on Northridge Meadows, where 16 tenants died in the Jan. 17 earthquake. Read more…

Quake Suit Focuses on Apartments that Held Up
Attorneys representing families suing over the collapse of Northridge Meadows complex said they will examine an apartment complex next door that was built by the same architect and contractor, but survived the earthquake. Read more…

Seismic Shift
The Steeplechase case had been in court nearly two years when the Northridge earthquake left dozens of families from the Calabasas condominiums homeless.
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Shoddy Construction Lawsuits are Booming
Condominium owners in Santa Rosa had a number of serious complaints about the construction of their 160-unit complex. Shear walls didn’t have the proper strength. Parts of the foundation didn’t have anchor bolts. Read more…

The Legal Cleanup
Earthquakes don’t frighten Superior Court Judge William A. MacLaughlin. Read more…
   
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