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$480K verdict stands in contaminated condo case

Nov 7th, 2013 - Local News

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — 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 where they often visited on vacations. They said 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 this week upheld a jury verdict against the real estate agent who marketed the condo. An appraiser told the Bowmans the condo is worthless.

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