Your construction defect claims have been investigated, destructively tested, analyzed, and quantified. During that process, experts in forensic architecture, structural engineering, plumbing, mold, soils, electrical, and perhaps other construction components have determined that dozens, perhaps scores, of other defects also exist at the development or in the homes. A cost estimator was retained, and has determined the cost to repair all of the defective conditions. The die is cast with the filing of a complaint - the association or homeowners are "plaintiff," and the developer, general contractor, and subcontractors are "defendants." Either the case settles now, or the parties have to begin to prepare for trial.