Galveston man sues over foundation problems

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 31, 2012, 3:44am

GALVESTON - Galveston resident Petri Urvil claims ARI & Associates Inc. failed to perform post-hurricane work at his residence and has filed a lawsuit.

According to a lawsuit filed Jan. 17 in Galveston County District Court, ARI "has failed to adequately repair the damage to the plaintiff's home including the foundation."

Hurricane Ike damaged Urvil's home during its landfall on Galveston Island on Sept. 13, 2008, prompting Urvil to seek ARI's services.

Both parties entered into a contract in May 2009 which called for ARI to perform repairs to the subject property, including the replacement of 10 piers under the slab and filling the void below the slab with sand.

"The defendant agreed to the terms of the contract, and that it would make the promised repairs and do so with professional competence," the original petition says.

"The defendant also expressly warranted its labor for three years."

Recent court documents state that Urvil believed, based on the representations of ARI, that the foundation of his home would be completely and competently repaired therefore chose to employ the defendant.

The plaintiff says he still thought ARI would perform under the contract despite its nonperformance as late as Feb. 3, 2010.

Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Urvil is represented by Arguello, Hope & Associates PLLC.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia.

Case No. 12-cv-0057

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