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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

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Bob "The Builder" Perry Buying More Votes
Tuesday, 01 June 2010

Bob Perry bankrolls Republican in New Mexico
Houston homebuilder Bob Perry has his favorite in the Texas governor's race - incumbent Rick Perry (no relation). The Republican governor has been a long-time recipient of campaign cash, and has reciprocated by creating a state agency that protected builders from consumer complaints (now disbanded after a storm of protest). Perhaps the nation's most prolific campaign giver, Bob Perry is putting big money behind a candidate for governor in New Mexico.

Heavy-handed Bob Perry in the News Again
Thursday, 27 May 2010

Texas Couple Wins $51 Million for Defective $250,000 House
A decade-long battle has carried the retirement-age couple through the courts, arbitration and all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. Though they've won every round, their home is still defective and the builder, Bob Perry of Houston-based Perry Homes, swears he'll appeal... "I think his heavy-handed efforts were one of the main reasons the TRCC went away," the independent homebuilder said.

Bob Perry's Money Ready to Buy More Elections
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Bob Perry bankrolls GOP governors group
Houston homebuilder Bob Perry leads all givers so far this year to the Republican Governors Association.  Gov. rick Perry (no relation) is finance chair of the GOP group. Rick Perry's reelection campaign. Last year, when Perry was chairman of the governor's group, Bob Perry escalated his giving to the RGA -- $2 million. Bob Perry made headlines recently when a jury awarded $58 million to a retirement-age Mansfield couple over a defective Perry-built home that the homebuilder has refused for a decade to fix.

Bob "The Builder" Perry Saving His Money to Buy His Kind of Justice
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

AP Wire: No settlement in $58M judgment against homebuilder
Mediation efforts were unsuccessful Monday between an elderly Fort Worth-area couple and the politically powerful Houston homebuilder who lost a $58 million judgment to them, the couple's lawyers said. Van Shaw and Dan Hagood, attorneys for Robert and Jane Cull of Mansfield, said they failed to reach an agreement with lawyers for Perry Homes owner Bob Perry, once considered one of the nation's largest political donors. A Fort Worth judge had ordered the mediation to avoid appeals after the $58 million verdict against Perry and a home warranty company earlier this month.  Justices on the Texas Supreme Court each received political contributions from Perry and his family totaling more than $260,000.

Star-Telegram - Bob Perry's Day in Court Cost Him $58 Million
Monday, 08 March 2010

Jury awards $58 million to Mansfield couple in home builder lawsuit
The Culls filed suit in December 2000 in an attempt to get Perry Homes to fix structural and foundation problems that started shortly after they moved into their 2,900-square-foot, four-bedroom house near Walnut Creek Country Club in 1996.The case became politically charged as it moved through the judicial process. Perry Homes is owned by Bob Perry, who has contributed heavily to judicial candidates and political action committees in Texas. Warranty Underwriters Insurance Co. in Houston is also a defendant. "It became more of a mission and less about the home," Cull said. "We're still in that battle."

AP Wire: Politically Influential Bob Perry looser
Thursday, 04 March 2010

Spokesman: $51M verdict in Perry Homes lawsuit is ‘jackpot justice’
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A spokesman for a politically influential Houston homebuilder is calling a $51 million Tarrant County jury verdict in a consumer lawsuit against the builder "jackpot justice."  Anthony Holm is a spokesman for Perry Homes and major political contributor Bob Perry. Holm calls the award to Robert and Jane Cull of Mansfield "equivalent to every single resident in Texas depositing $2 into the lawyer’s bank account" and said it would be appealed.  The Culls sued Perry Homes over problems with their home’s foundation and construction. The Monday verdict came after the Texas Supreme Court overturned an $800,000 arbitration award. Holm says Perry offered to buy back the house at full price, but the Culls refused the offer. Calls to the Culls and their attorney, Daniel K. Hagood, weren’t returned Tuesday. Perry has given millions of dollars to state and federal candidates.

Bob Perry's Corporate Abuse cost him more than $58 million
Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Texas Watch: Jury Sends Message: Corporate Abuse Will Not Be Tolerated
15 years ago, Bob and Jane Cull bought what they thought was their dream retirement home in Mansfield, Texas.  The home – built by Perry Homes – started to show signs of foundation failure and other major structural defects shortly after they moved in.  Perry Homes refused to repair the defects, forcing the Culls to take their builder to arbitration where he was ordered to pay $800,000. Rather than simply comply, Perry Homes appealed the decision.  After years of languishing at the Texas Supreme Court – which has a long history of forcing consumers to accept binding arbitration – the state high court eventuallyvacated the arbitrators judgment on a 5-4 vote in 2008, sending the case back to state court.  All nine members of the state’s high court had received political contributions from Bob Perry, the nation’s largest individual campaign contributor.  Perry thought he could simply wear out the Culls by dragging them through appeal after appeal.  He underestimated the resolve of individuals who know their cause is right and just.

Homeowners Find Overdue Justice
Monday, 01 March 2010

Political moneyman Bob Perry ordered to pay $51 million
A jury has ordered Houston homebuilder Bob Perry to pay $51 million to an elderly Mansfield couple who fought for a decade over a defective house that Perry Homes refused to fix. Perry is the biggest campaign contributor in Texas and a major figure in so-called tort reform championed by Gov. Rick Perry (no relation) to limit lawsuits against business. Bob Perry has resisted paying the couple for a decade, instead taking the couple's case case through the courts. Bob and Jane Cull say Perry wouldn't fix their house and so went to arbitration, where they won an $800,000 judgment. Perry refused to pay. He appealed for years through the court system until the Texas Supreme Court finally sent the case back to district court in Fort Worth. Every member of the high court had received campaign contributions from Perry..."It feels like a modern day David and Goliath triumph. Certainly, God had a hand in this justice, said Jane Cull's sister, Judy Noble. "At last, truth and right trumps power and money.

HOBB Press Release: Homeowners Robert and Jane Cull Win $51 Million Decision
Monday, 01 March 2010

Wealthy Homebuilder and Powerful Political Campaign Contributor Bob Perry found legally responsible for construction defects and punitive damages
“Justice has been served.  We are grateful and in a state of shock” said, Jane Cull after the verdict was read...
Finally the Culls have been vindicated.  Until Texas Lawmaker pass legislation to regulate and license the building industry, powerful Tycoons like Bob Perry have no incentive to build homes right the first time or treat their customer with respect or stand behind the homes they build” said, Janet Ahmad, National President of Home Owners for Better Building . See: Court Decision Document 1 -  Court Decision Document 2

Bob Perry & Weekley Boys PAC's buying votes
Sunday, 28 February 2010

Another view re Citizen Leader PAC
Here’s a big reason why the attack on Smith looks fishy: Smith played a critical role in the unraveling of an outrageous abuse of the public trust — the Texas Residential Construction Commission.Largely at the behest of homebuilder Bob Perry (who, with his wife, donated $25,000 to Cason and $5,000 to Smith in this race), the Legislature created a new agency [in 2003--pb] to referee home construction defect disputes and imposed a tax on new homes. But the bill’s fine print knocked out the state’s Deceptive Trade Practice Act and all implied warranties, replacing them with rules drawn up by a stacked commission, whose membership included Perry’s general counsel. (Smith voted against the builder’s bill.) Responding to constituent concerns, Smith asked then-Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn to investigate. Her report documented the one-sided nature of the agency and its dispute resolution process, and that began a chain of events that led to the agency’s abolition by the Legislature. In other words, Smith blew the whistle on an unfair gravy train for homebuilders, and these attacks have the appearance of revenge politics.

Boby Perry's Big $100,000 check goes to Alabama Republicans by way of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Sunday, 28 February 2010

Pawlenty delivered Texan's $100K check to Ala. GOP
Minnessota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the $100,000 check he delivered to the Alabama GOP on Friday came from Bod Perry, a Houston homebuilder and major Republican donor.  Perry was instrumental in Pawlenty's 2006 re-election in Minesota. Perry contributed $500,000 to A Stronger America, which ran ads against Pawlenty's Democratic opponent late in the campaign.

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