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Public Citizen: Arbitration too Expensive
Wednesday, 15 May 2002

Private arbitration criticized Report says court often cheaper; supporters say study is misleading
Private arbitration is not as cost effective and time efficient as its proponents have stated, according to a new report conducted by Public Citizen, a consumer organization.The study will be introduced this week to a Texas legislative panel starting a review of the role of arbitration in resolving legal and contractual disputes, according to officials at Public Citizen, which is based in Washington, D.C.The report found that for most low-income individuals, going to court remains cheaper and faster than private arbitration. It also found that many companies use the high cost of filing and pursuing arbitration to keep people from filing claims against them.

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David Weekley Forces Arbitration
Friday, 26 April 2002

Builder Attempts to Compel All Claims to Arbitration
Travis Count Court conducted a hearing to rule on David Weekley Homes' motion to compel arbitration for all claims against them from Richardson. The Richardson's attorney, Mark Smith of Williams Bailey Law Firm responded that the costs to the Richardsons would be unreasonably excessive - well over $24,000 - while court costs in Travis County were only $150. The judge agreed that these excessive fees for arbitration would effectively deny the Richardsons a forum to seek justice.

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Time Magazine - Life Form Mold & Toxic Mold
Saturday, 05 January 2002

Beware:Toxic Mold
Sharyn Iler, 52, of the Woodlands, Texas, an upscale suburb of Houston, couldn't figure out what was wrong. Every time she went into her bathroom to put on makeup, her eyes started burning. She felt constantly exhausted, her vision was blurry and she had a dry cough that just wouldn't quit. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, Iler feared the worst. Perhaps after two years of remission, the disease had returned. She never imagined that the source of her troubles might lie buried within the walls of her $300,000 home...

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Life Form Homes - The Iler Story
Saturday, 05 January 2002
The Iler Story About Their Life Forms Homes In The Woodlands, Texas
We, Bruce & Sharyn Iler were force to leave our Life Forms home in the Lake Pointe sub division in the Woodlands on March 3 because of mold related to EIFS siding and other faulty  issues on the part of Life Forms.
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Pulte Homes foundation problems
Tuesday, 27 November 2001

VA looks into Pulte Homes after complaint
The VA has also requested copies of other construction complaints received from homeowners in all Pulte subdivisions in the Houston area in which the foundation design has been used since 1999, according to HomeOwners for Better Building.  HomeOwners is encouraging all Pulte homeowners with HUD/FHA and VA loans in the Houston area and throughout Texas with signs of foundation problems to send a certified letter to Pulte Homes and file a complaint with either the FHA or VA.

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Judge near death - Mold in courthouse
Wednesday, 01 August 2001

Test results prove dangerous mold in Bexar County Courthouse 
According to one county judge, it's mold that nearly cost her life. "When I first started getting sick, they were remodeling this courtroom," said County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Shay Gebhardt.

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Home-Related Issues Dominate Consumer Complaints
Wednesday, 09 May 2001
Consumers gripe most about home improvements, which for the first time topped auto service problems as the greatest source of ire from the buying public, but problems with household goods, equity loans, utilities, landlord-tenant issues and mail order concerns also often generate consumers' wrath.
 
Net-Based Consumers Fight Defective Homes
Wednesday, 09 May 2001

Net-Based Consumers Fight Defective Homes
by Broderick Perkins
Grass roots consumer action aimed at new home defects is yielding unprecedented results -- including a landmark bill that could force builders to buy back or replace defective homes. 

What could be the nation's first lemon law for new homes -- as well as recent major media investigations of new home defects -- can all be linked to a ground swell of unresolved complaints from home owners who are joining forces on the Internet.  READ MORE

 
Homebuyers push for protection from defective houses [New Jersey]
Sunday, 06 May 2001

Published in the Courier News on Homebuyers push for protection from defective houses   By LARRY HIGGS Staff Writer The Crosbys and Kellys have forwarded a proposed lemon law to Assemblyman Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-Branchburg, who said he is reviewing it."

Learn More: http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,392672,00.html

 
MASSACHUSETT CONSIDERING A HOME LEMON LAW!
Saturday, 05 May 2001

Lemon law sought for home buyers
By Walter V. Robinson and Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff, 5/5/2001.
"In a proposal that could lead to a national precedent, the state's top consumer official said yesterday that new home buyers should have the same protections the Massachusetts ''lemon'' law provides for new car buyers, who can get their money back if serious flaws go unrepaired." READ MORE

 
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