Townhome association accused of failure to release nearly $70K

Kelly Holleran Jul. 20, 2013, 2:59pm

A Texas corporation claims a townhouse association has failed to pay the nearly $70,000 it should have received following a settlement. 

Boumans and Associates alleges it owns townhouse units in a complex known as Westridge Townhomes that sustained significant damages during Hurricane Ike. Following the storm, Boumans and Associates and other townhome owners decided to hire an attorney to pursue property damages claims, according to the complaint filed July 2 in Jefferson County District Court.

The attorney was able to secure a settlement for the townhome owners worth $307,254.05, which it sent to defendant Westridge Townhomes Homeowners Association on Dec. 20. The amount includes Boumans and Associates’s settled claim of $69,946.39, the suit states.

Since then, however, Westridge Townhomes Homeowners Association and co-defendants Jana K. Riley and Creel Investments have failed to distribute the money to Boumans and Associates, despite repeated requests for payment, the complaint says.

Boumans and Associates says the defendants breached their contract and engaged in fraud.

The company is seeking actthual and exemplary damages, plus attorneys’ fees, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Walter D. Snider and Wyatt D. Snider of Snider Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No.  A194-498

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