Woman sues over botched window installation

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 8, 2012, 1:50am

Ronald Murray of Murray Lobb PLLC in Houston

GALVESTON - Local resident Lissa Brousseau accuses Tracy Lee Martin, doing business as America's Choice Windows & Siding, of performing an improper window installation job at her Friendswood residence, recent court documents say.

According to a lawsuit filed May 4 in Galveston County District Court, Martin incorrectly measured the sizes for the replacement windows and subsequently installed oversized ones.

Brousseau originally hired the defendant in July 2010 at the cost of $5,100.

She initially paid $1,000 to commence the project.

The original petition claims Martin's workers put up the wrong windows by cutting and removing structural framing from the home, which included jack studs which are required to hold up the headers above the windows and comply with Texas Windstorm Insurance Association code compliance.

It adds the requirements "mandate that there must be a continuous path of metal plate connectors from the bottom sill plate to the rafters which prevent uplift and lateral movement in the event of a hurricane."

In December 2010, the plaintiff demanded Martin to repair the work or remit payment which would allow her to repair it herself, but the defendant failed to comply with this demand, the suit says.

Murray Lobb PLLC is representing Brousseau, and Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-1171

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