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Organizing your community to bring public attention to builder’s bad deeds and seeking assistance from local, state and federal elected officials has proven to be more effective and much quicker for thousands of families. You do have choices and alternatives.  Janet Ahmad

Mold in the News
Construction Defects and Mold
Monday, 22 February 2010

Homeowners sue builder over mold
Dozens of South Jersey homeowners, claiming inferior workmanship may have triggered mold growth and created a health risk, have sued the Quaker Group, a residential and commercial developer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The homeowners, who live in upscale developments in Cherry Hill, Marlton, and Voorhees, all have the same complaint: The company failed to caulk around windows and doors and neglected to install flashing, sheet metal strips that seal the edges. Water seeped into their homes and pooled between their walls, where mold can thrive, according to two complaints filed at different times in Camden County.  Some homes also lacked insulation or tar paper behind exterior walls, the complaints say. The complaints, filed by more than 40 homeowners, are pending in state Superior Court in Camden and follow a lawsuit that was filed by at least 20 others who bought Quaker homes in Gloucester County. Those cases have either been settled or been otherwise resolved.

Resource Link - Your Leaking House.com
Monday, 22 December 2008

Your Leaking House
This website is dedicated to help all home and commercial building owners to keep water out of your buildings. We have invested a huge amount of time in this business and hope this website will help anyone who has moisture related problems with the building they own or lease. There are many ways to correctly install building products properly to keep water out of your building. Ask questions of the experts on the forum

WNCT Eyewitness News: Inspector Investigation
Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Inspector Investigation at 6:00 p.m.
Alice Gray’s home on B. Stokes Road was built in 2000; she and her husband bought it in 2006. She says, “This was our dream house.” Alice says two weeks after they closed that dream turned into a nightmare: “I was cleaning in here and noticed a water stain, in no time, a week or two later, the base board started separating from the wall during this time…the o-s-b board, everything, just disintegrated to the ground, just dust.”...The Grays moved out 7 months after moving in. They hired a professional engineer to inspect the house in June 2007. The Grays provided us a copy of a letter the engineer sent them it says “the flashing of the roof and wall was not installed according to state requirements...causing an excess buildup of water and infiltration into the wall.”

Maronda Homes Refused to Fix Defective House - Now Must Pay $700,000
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Moldy house costs builder $3 million
A tarp covers a hole where the builders tore off part of this Reynoldsburg home's stucco exterior but never repaired it. The judge awarded the Cosners $2.2 million in compensatory damages -- triple the original jury award -- because jurors found that Maronda Homes had violated Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act by acting in an "unfair, deceptive or unconscionable" manner. Jurors tacked on an additional $1 million in punitive damages.On Friday, visiting Judge Dale A. Crawford ordered that Maronda pay almost $700,000 more in attorney fees if the judgment stands.

New York addressing mold issue
Wednesday, 05 December 2007

N.Y. State To Form Mold Task Force
It is a common site yet often dangerous to your health. Mold is suddenly the focus of medical experts.  And now New York state is investigating what can be done to protect the public from its effects...  People are hoping they escaped the plague before it had the opportunity to inflict life-threatening damage. The panel has invited members of the public to speak at each of its meetings.

Mold problems get attention in New York
Saturday, 01 December 2007

New York Launches Investigation of Toxic Mold
In a name that sounds more like something from a super heroes comic than anything spawned by government, a newly formed 14-member panel will taken on the threat from toxic molds in New York. The Toxic Mold Task Force will soon meet with the  goal of studying the problem and preparing a report for the governor, reports Newsday. New York State legislators had urged the panel be formed back in 1995, after hearing complaints of debilitating exposure to potentially lethal indoor air.

Mold is driving hundreds from their new luxury complex
Saturday, 01 December 2007

Officials try to discover source of mold in Westbury
The architects and engineers who helped design and construct the Archstone Westbury rentals -- where water damage and mold are driving hundreds from their homes.  Deery said most construction is completed when inspectors aren't watching. Architects and engineers certify their own work, swearing in affidavits that their projects comply with codes.

Mold tied to ailments - Conyers bill could protect homeowners
Saturday, 01 December 2007

U.S. bill offers homeowners financial hope against mold
A bad mold infestation can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix and can turn a home into a den of wheezing, coughing or worse. However, homeowners insurance companies in Arizona exclude mold from coverage. As a result, some Valley homeowners say they have had to abandon houses and belongings they believe were making their families sick. Sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the "Melina Bill" would create a national insurance program to protect homeowners against major losses as a result of mold. The program would be similar to the national flood-insurance program already in place. It also would mandate mold inspections in public housing and certification for mold inspectors. Mold experts say it could help protect Americans from a threat to their health and homes.

Medical Panel concludes mold and dampness linked to respiratory symptoms and asthma
Saturday, 01 December 2007

State task force to focus on mold
Various types of mold - especially toxic forms - have long been a public concern, and now a New York State task force will investigate related health issues in a first-of-its-kind meeting next week...State legislators in 2005 urged that the panel be formed after hearing complaints of debilitating exposure to potentially lethal indoor air and concluding that toxic mold is an under-recognized health problem.  In 2004, an Institute of Medicine panel concluded that while indoor mold and dampness are linked to respiratory symptoms and asthma in vulnerable people,.. The institute, an arm of the National Academies, advises Congress on health issues.

400 Residents of Brand New Homes forced out due to Mold Contamination
Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Mold forcing residents out brand-new luxury complex
More than 400 residents of the 21-building Archstone Westbury community received notice that they have four months to evacuate the premises. The company has given everyone in the building a deadline of March 31, 2008 to relocate. Reconstruction and fixing the mold problem is expected to take at least one year. Archstone-Smith says water has seeped through the exterior skin of the property.

Mold discovery spoils homecoming
Thursday, 11 October 2007

Stricken man, family are handed new setback
It's been nine months since Scott Slade collapsed and became paralyzed. It also has been nine months since Slade's wife, Kathy, became so distraught over his collapse that she went into premature labor and gave birth to twins five weeks early – one so fragile the 4-pound infant spent weeks in intensive care. So after surviving all this, yesterday should have been a happy homecoming for Slade, 44, who was returning from a Denver rehabilitation hospital. But his return was shattered by the discovery Monday of toxic mold in the family's three-year-old house in 4S Ranch.

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