Tiki Island residents file suit to remove mechanic's lien from home

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 18, 2013, 6:42am

GALVESTON - Alleging a Texas City contractor wrongfully placed a mechanic's lien on their Tiki Island home, Greg Seebaldt and Cyndi Bannon have filed a lawsuit.

Recent court papers filed April 12 in Galveston County District Court explain that the plaintiffs paid Arnold Leo Shields nearly $100,000 to perform renovations on the subject property on a week by week basis as part of an oral agreement between the parties that was executed in October 2012.

Shields, doing business as Galveston Service Co., embarked on the task, but "it became apparent to the plaintiffs that the defendant had received payment greater than the value of the work which the defendant had performed," the original petition says.

According to the complainants, they requested an accounting of the project from the respondent numerous times to no avail.

He apparently stopped the work on or about Nov. 19, 2012.

Two months later, Shields filed the aforementioned lien against the home for $17,221.74.

The plaintiffs insist the lien is invalid and unenforceable since the defendant does not have a written contract with them.

Consequently, they seek unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Kelly M. Davis of Kelly M. Davis & Associates, LLC of Lewisville is representing the complainants, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-545

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