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Appeals court upholds $480K verdict over contaminated condo

November 13, 2013
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The Michigan appeals court has upheld a $480,000 verdict for a couple who bought a condominium in a Lake Michigan town — without knowing the ground around the building was contaminated.

Gary and Kathleen Bowman paid $360,000 for a condo in South Haven.

They say they were assured there were no environmental problems, although the century-old building was a former factory where dangerous chemicals had been dumped in the ground.

The developer installed a vapor barrier and a blower, which required regular maintenance.

State regulators also were concerned condo buyers weren't getting all the facts about the property.

The appeals court upheld this month a jury verdict against the real estate agent who marketed the condo.

Attorney Mike Risko said it's his second successful lawsuit related to the old factory.

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