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Monday, 16 October 2006

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                                           Suit Happy Builder Sitterle Homes
                                makes the List of Bizarre legal cases
 
       
Freedom of Speech Prevails Colonel Holds Sitterle Homes Accountable
Colonel Hirata and Joy fought the battle on the homefront.  Read how Sitterle Homes sued an active duty Colonel because he complainted about his defective Sitterle home. 

Colonel Hirata and wife hold builder accountable  
Thursday, 12 October 2006

Builder settles dispute with S.A. homeowners
The Sitterle Corp. and homeowners Jay and Joy Hirata had been at odds for two years over the Hirata's home in Emerald Forest, an upscale gated community on the North Side, where homes range from the $300,000s to the $400,000s...In August, Jay Hirata posted complaints about Sitterle on the discussion board of a San Antonio-based consumer advocacy group's Web site, Home Owners for Better Building. Sitterle fired back with a libel lawsuit. Although not unheard of, lawsuits by builders against their clients are unusual... The Hiratas' suit against Sitterle went to trial in late September and was in the closing argument phase when the settlement was reached. See posted complaint.  Related articles: Express News Report..Sitterle Homes makes the List of Bizarre legal cases. Press Release: Closing arguments... 
See exclusive photos of Hirata house and courtroom.

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HOBB Press Release: Hitata vs. Sitterle case draws to a close  
Monday, 09 October 2006

Closing arguments in the Hirata vs. Sitterle case
The Hirata case has gained attention because it is the first case to go to trial since the creation of the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC), an agency that has come under fire because of its failure to resolve disputes and its lack of authority to force builders to comply with its conclusions.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH WEEK  
Monday, 09 October 2006

National Freedom of Speech Week
"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech..."
With these simple words, America's Founding Fathers sought to create a land in which citizens could speak and write without fear of reprisal.

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US Army Colonel Jay Hirata and Joy Hirata testify  
Saturday, 07 October 2006

HomeOwners for Better Building MEDIA UPDATE October 5, 2006
The trial of active duty US Army Colonel Jay Hirata and wife retired Lieutenant Colonel Joy Hirata, a 31-year Army Veteran should be coming to an end.  After two years of trying to get their defective Sitterele home repaired the Hiratas will take the stand to tell their story today.

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A Growing Problem: Suit Happy Developers and Builders  
Friday, 06 October 2006

South Texas development battles are heading to court more often
Wrob is part of a growing number of city officials and residents who spoke out against real estate projects by San Antonio developers — and were then sued by the developers when the deals soured... In another lawsuit filed Aug. 17 in Bexar County, developers Schaefer and Earl made similar allegations against more than two dozen residents and city officials, most of whom fought a proposal to provide tax incentives for a large development in Del Rio near Laughlin AFB...Homebuilders occasionally have sued customers who publicly complained about what they said was shoddy workmanship. And Schaefer hasn't hesitated to sue city officials whom he disagrees with — he's filed more than a dozen lawsuits against San Antonio over housing projects...“This guy is not only shooting himself in the foot,” McIlwain said, “he's also shooting himself in the knee and the left arm.”

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Builders Intimidation Tactics Intended to Stop Free Speech  
Friday, 06 October 2006

Builder sends threat of lawsuit to critics
The residents said the letters came after they publicly criticized last month a 1.3-mile berm and a 4-foot fence around Tallgrass subdivision, a 110-acre development near Kelsey, Miller and River Roads.The letter from attorneys with Lord Bissell & Brook LLP states potential claims "for commercial disparagement, defamation, interference with prospective economic advantage, and tortuous interference with contract."..."They are intimidating the people that are standing up and speaking about this," Schnack said.

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Jester’s Courtroom: Sitterle Homes makes the List of Bizarre legal cases  
Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Legal Tales Stranger than Fiction: I Sue, You Sue, We all Sue
Legal Tales Stranger than Fiction: Last month, the Hiratas posted complaints about Sitterle on the website Home Owners for Better Building.  Sitterle filed a defamation suit, charging that "tens of thousands" of people could have read the comments and the company's reputation could be harmed. View Photos of Colonel Hirate and wife Joy and Courtroom photo of Frank Sitterle Jr. of Sitterle Homes and MORE... Read more... 

 
Hirata vs. Sitterle Trial Continues  
Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Sitterle Homebuilder Sues Active Duty Army Colonel
Sitterle filed a libel suit against the homeowner this week, accusing him of writing defamatory statements on a consumer advocacy Web site about the company's alleged refusal to fix leak problems in the hillside home...Last month, Jay Hirata posted complaints about the builder on the discussion board of a San Antonio-based consumer advocacy group's Web site, Home Owners for Better Building.  See posted complaintRead more: Express News Report... Press Release: Trial Begins  View Photos of Colonel Hirate and wife Joy and Courtroom photo of Frank Sitterle Jr. of Sitterle Homes and MORE...

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Residential Architect - Sitterle's Libel Allegations  
Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Customer Sued By San Antonio Builder on Libel Allegations
Janet Ahmad, head of the Web site that posted Hirata's comments, said Sitterle is trying to suppress Hirata's free speech rights and held a news conference of her own Thursday afternoon.

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Pro Sales Online - Sitterle Homes sues customer  
Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Customer Sued By San Antonio Builder on Libel Allegations
The San Antonio-based Sitterle Corp. this week sued homeowner Army Col. Jay Hirata and asked for $500,000 in damages. That's more than the price of a new home in Hirata's Emerald Forest, an upscale gated community on San Antonio's North Side, where homes range from the $300,000s to the $400,000s.

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News Radio 1420 Lubbock Builder Suing Homeowner  
Tuesday, 03 October 2006

Straight out of the “man bites dog” category a builder sues a homeowner.

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Builder Online - Homebuilder Sitterle Sues unhappy homeowner Colonel Hirata  
Monday, 02 October 2006

Builder Online - The Information Source for the Home Building Industry
Customer Sued By San Antonio Builder on Libel Allegations - Here's something that doesn't happen every day: a home builder suing one of its customers...Sitterle filed a libel suit against the homeowner this week, accusing him of writing defamatory statements on a consumer advocacy Web site... Last month, Jay Hirata posted complaints about the builder on the discussion board of a San Antonio-based consumer advocacy group's Web site, Home Owners for Better Building...The Sitterle defamation lawsuit, filed this week, says "tens of thousands" of people could have read those comments and that the company's reputation has been harmed...For the Hiratas, the legal battle is putting a crimp in their relocation plans. Jay Hirata is now stationed in Spain and had to take military leave to return to San Antonio to deal with the lawsuits.  
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Sitterle Homes must answer to the Hirata family in court  
Friday, 29 September 2006

KENS 5 Reports: Homeowners fighting home builders in court 
Related article: Sitterle Homebuilder sues Active Duty Army Colonel
Sitterle filed a libel suit against the homeowner this week, accusing him of writing defamatory statements on a consumer advocacy Web site about the company's alleged refusal to fix leak problems in the hillside home...Last month, Jay Hirata posted complaints about the builder on the discussion board of a San Antonio-based consumer advocacy group's Web site, Home Owners for Better Building.  See posted complaintRead more: Express News Report..   See Photo of Colonel Hirate and wife Joy

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HOBB Press Release: Local Homebuilder Attempts to Deprive US Army Colonel of Constitutional Rights  
Friday, 22 September 2006

SITTERLE HOMES FILES FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT AGAINST ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIER STUCK WITH DEFECTIVE HOME
In this unprecedented move of revenge, Sitterle’s has done the unthinkable by filing a suit to oppress the free speech of a US Army Colonel who continues to serve his country, which creates a scandal that even the building industry must find outrageous. According to the Colonel in a written statement, this experience with the TRCC and the Sitterle Corporation has been more stressful than his combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Pakistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) combined.

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Sitterle Homebuilder sues Active Duty Army Colonel  
Friday, 22 September 2006

Local builder sues customer: Dispute over basement leaking escalated into Web site complaint
Sitterle filed a libel suit against the homeowner this week, accusing him of writing defamatory statements on a consumer advocacy Web site about the company's alleged refusal to fix leak problems in the hillside home...Last month, Jay Hirata posted complaints about the builder on the discussion board of a San Antonio-based consumer advocacy group's Web site, Home Owners for Better Building.  See posted complaint

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