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Sandra Bullock Trial
Jurors begin deliberating in Bullock trial
Friday, 08 October 2004
Seven weeks of testimony to consider in case that pits Austin homebuilder against actress By Claire Osborn AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF After nearly seven weeks of testimony, jurors will begin deliberating today on who is to blame for the construction problems in a house overlooking Lake Austin that actress Sandra Bullock had built but never could occupy… "There was a conscious pattern of behavior established here to get the client in the door and just ratchet up the price mercilessly," Mizell said. Sandra Bullock paid about $6.5 million for the house, but an insurance company valued it at $3.1 million, he said. Mizell asked the jurors to award the Bullocks $3.3 million for demolition and reconstruction. Part of the roof framing is lying against the chimney, and there are substantial areas within the drywall where it can't be determined whether fireblocking was built, Mizell said. Daneshjou also owes Sandra Bullock $2.7 million for the bills that she paid but that Daneshjou's company could not substantiate, Mizell said.
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Jurors begin deliberating in Bullock trial
Friday, 08 October 2004

Seven weeks of testimony to consider in case that pits Austin homebuilder against actress
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
After nearly seven weeks of testimony, jurors will begin deliberating today on who is to blame for the construction problems in a house overlooking Lake Austin that actress Sandra Bullock had built but never could occupy… "There was a conscious pattern of behavior established here to get the client in the door and just ratchet up the price mercilessly," Mizell said.   Sandra Bullock paid about $6.5 million for the house, but an insurance company valued it at $3.1 million, he said. Mizell asked the jurors to award the Bullocks $3.3 million for demolition and reconstruction. Part of the roof framing is lying against the chimney, and there are substantial areas within the drywall where it can't be determined whether fireblocking was built, Mizell said. Daneshjou also owes Sandra Bullock $2.7 million for the bills that she paid but that Daneshjou's company could not substantiate, Mizell said.

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HOBB Press Release - Case goes to the Jury
Friday, 08 October 2004

Sandra Bullock case goes to the Jury
HomeOwners for Better Building attends trial
"Because of Binding Arbitration in new homebuilder contracts for the past ten years, literally tens of thousands of homeowners with defective homes have been denied their day in court.  For the first time in many years, one victim of a bad homebuilder is finally being heard.  Those who attend soon forget that this story is about Sandra Bullock, the star.  It’s about something much bigger than celebrity, it about basic consumer law and the constitutional right of a trial by jury,” said Janet Ahmad, national president of HomeOwners for Better Building.

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KVUE Austin Reports on Bullock Trial
Friday, 08 October 2004

Sandra Bullock case goes to the Jury
HomeOwners for Better Building attends trial
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People Magazine - Case Goes to Jury
Friday, 08 October 2004
Sandra Bullock House Case Goes to Jury
After eight weeks of testimony, cross examinations, accusations and rebuttals, a jury now holds the key to the future of Sandra Bullock's Austin dream home-turned-nightmare. Twelve jurors begin deliberations on Friday morning in the Travis County civil case pitting the actress against her former architect and builder, M. B. "Benny" Daneshjou. Daneshjou, 52, sued Bullock, 40, in June 2001, claiming Bullock still owes his company money for designing and building her home. The Speed star countersued him, claiming that he executed shoddy and defective construction work and committed fraud through deceitful billing practices.
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Actress shows comic flair at Austin trial
Tuesday, 21 September 2004
Actress shows comic flair at Austin trial
Sandra Bullock testifies during fifth week of trial about dispute with home builder
Actress Sandra Bullock tried to remain serious but couldn't help cracking jokes about her legal fees while testifying Monday as the trial over her dispute with an Austin home builder entered its fifth week… ""You guys are pricey,"" she said, looking at her lawyers. ""It's going to be a good Christmas, isn't it?"" The courtroom dissolved into laughter, providing brief relief in the middle of a trial that District Judge Paul Davis expects to conclude by the end of this month… Currently half of the ceiling in one of the rooms is falling down and a sliding gate that she requested from Daneshjou is broken, Bullock said.
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People Magazine - Sandra Bullock Takes the Stand
Monday, 20 September 2004
Sandra Bullock Takes the Stand
Actress Sandra Bullock's second call to the witness stand Monday in her ongoing civil trial against architect and builder M.B. "Benny" Daneshjou played out like a dramatic movie, with the actress at first laughing and then eventually dissolving into tears.
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Witness: Rot Ruined Sandra Bullock's Home
Sunday, 19 September 2004
Witness: Rot Ruined Sandra Bullock's Home
Sandra Bullock's Texas lakefront dream home dissolved into a house of horrors, according to ... Showing the jury a video of the construction defects, Griffith said ...
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Sandra Bullock trial continues with builder's testimony
Sunday, 19 September 2004
Sandra Bullock trial continues with builder's testimony
Houston Chronicle, TX - Aug 25, 2004
... foot, multi-million dollar Lake Austin mansion for movie star Sandra Bullock shifted into a ... the house needed $4 million in work to fix design defects after it ...
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Sandra Bullock's Texas House Trial Begins
Sunday, 19 September 2004
Sandra Bullock's Texas House Trial Begins
People Magazine ... The characters are Sandra Bullock, her father John Bullock, Benny Daneshjou and a ... days – experts will come to testify that, among other defects, the framing ...
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Actress takes stand in mansion lawsuit
Sunday, 19 September 2004
Actress takes stand in mansion lawsuit
San Antonio Express (AUSTIN — Sandra Bullock, the Hollywood star of ""Miss Congeniality,"" was anything but congenial ... done, about $4 million was needed to fix design defects in the ...
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