The Metrowest Daily News reports nearly three years after a jury awarded millions in their fraud case, the Culleys at 22A Lovers Lane still haven’t received any money or satisfaction. Now they are bringing the case back to court.
The “money pit” the Culleys live in was constructed in violation of 19 building codes. Builder Gary Cato and two engineers lost their licenses for falsifying documents to defraud the building inspector and homeowners.
The deteriorating condition of the home has led to their propane being shutoff. But court rulings and restrictions have continued to complicate their ability to get justice.
The Culleys went to trial in 2010. A jury found for them, awarding them $1.1 million in damages, an amount that was to be tripled automatically because of the fraud and building code violations it agreed existed.
The judge on the case, Thomas Murtagh, threw out the verdict, however, saying that the Culleys never presented what it would cost to repair the home. The Culleys say the logjam of problems with the site make it impossible to provide such a figure.
Though the couple is again in court, the current trial is restricted to a portion of the property – furthering a convoluted legal situation nearly as complicated as the history of the home itself.
For the full story, read the MWDN article here.
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