Appeals court upholds $480K verdict over contaminated condo
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.