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"Lennar Killed My Husband"
Saturday, 09 September 2006

By Mike Morgan

 That was one of the first thing’s I heard from a caller this morning, as I prepared to walk into the Florida Building Commission monthly meeting. I was there to make a presentation about Lennar Corporation building defective homes and submitting these homes for inspection approvals at the local level. At first, I thought it was a set up. I politely told the tearful caller I would call her back in 10 minutes. My next call was to one of my attorneys, to check out her story. It checked out 100%. See video report 

    Below is the article that appeared last February about the electrocution of Lisa’s husband when he tried to plug in a dryer he was delivering. Not only was her husband, Rafael, horribly electrocuted, but it was on his one year old daughter’s birthday. Since the electrocution of Alexis’s and Victoria’s Daddy, Lennar has not settled with the family.

With the loss of the primary bread-winner, Lisa told me she has since lost her home. She also told me she has severe medical problems, and making ends meet is next to impossible. Lennar’s response has been, per Lisa, to point a finger at the subcontractor. But didn’t Lennar hire the subcontractor? 

    In any event, my fight against Lennar for building defective homes, has just been cranked up a notch. For those naysayers that have criticized me for my passionate pursuit of builder reform, there is no more pressing story than that of Lisa, Alexis and Victoria’s. 

    Florida has a very serious problem. For that matter, the nation does. The housing boom has overwhelmed local building officials to the point where they cannot possibly competently inspect homes any longer. With the pressure from the building industry to close on homes, local officials are forced to issue Certificates of Occupancy, even when the local officials have not competently inspected these homes. The result is thousands upon thousands of defective homes throughout the country.
    The 6000 home class action recently certified against Ryland is a classic example. And a quick search of the Internet will demonstrate how significant this problem is. We have taken on one builder, Lennar. And the result has been a massive lawsuit. I’d like to take on the entire industry, but that would be financial ruin. I’ve already invested more than $200,000 of my own time and money. I must admit, recently I have asked myself why. Well, I’m here to tell you that Lisa’s call today was a message from above. After hearing Lisa’s story, I have decided to dedicate an additional million dollars of my time and money to this cause.

        Here is a link to the article and a video - http://www.local6.com/problemsolvers/7302637/detail.html  

    I will close with this thought for you.  Victoria's Mom told me that five year old Alexis can’t walk by a wishing well without asking for a quarter.  She asks for a quarter because she has to make a “really big wish.”  She wishes the same thing with every quarter . . . “Please God, bring my Daddy back.”

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