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Hi - my name is ***** ***** I'm a construction litigation attorney. I'll be glad to assist.
Unfortunately, what the contractor has told you is correct. Under Arizona law, there is a 9 year statute of repose.....which means that the contractor is not liable/cannot be sued after 9 years from the date of completing the project has passed. Here's a link to the statute: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/12/00552.htm
Thus, if you were to sue, the contractor should be able to have the case dismissed due to the expiration of the statute of response above.
Had this been discovered and a suit been filed within the repose period, you'd have a solid claim and the possibility to recover would be great.
I'm sorry that the news isn't better, but I'd rather be honest about your situation.
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