A Legal Odyssey
NPR.org, March 27, 2009 · Jane and Bob Cull's legal battle over their home has lasted 13 years. Here, a timeline of events, based on the Culls' records:
The Culls purchase a lot and sign a contract with Perry Homes to build a house in Mansfield, Texas.
The Culls move into their new home on Walnut Creek Oaks golf course.
The Culls write the first of 11 letters in 1997 alone to Perry Homes about home foundation movement and structural heaving.
Warranty company Home of Texas takes over structural issues; agrees to cover foundation and roof framing system. In September, Perry Homes is named contractor for the warranty coverage.
Perry Homes announces plan of repair complete.
Realtor refuses to list Cull home for sale.
Culls retain legal counsel.
Culls seek arbitration.
Arbitrator rules in favor of the Culls, awards $800,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, orders Perry Homes to retake ownership of house. Perry Homes appeals.
District court confirms the arbitrator's award; Perry Homes appeals.
Court of Appeals affirms trial court ruling in favor of Culls.
Perry Homes appeals to the Texas Supreme Court.
Texas Supreme Court sides with Perry Homes, returning the case to district court.
Process begins anew.