Discovery proceeding in suit alleging home sold with termites

David Yates Oct. 1, 2013, 12:13pm

Following eight months of litigation, discovery is proceeding in a suit claiming a woman was sold an infested home.

Alleging the home was sold with an insect infestation, Stevi Anderson filed suit against the home’s seller, Michelle Browning, and the extermination company who failed to detect the insects, GuardTech Pest Management. 

As previously reported, the suit was filed Feb. 27 in Jefferson County District Court.

The latest filing, a certificate of discovery, was filed Sept. 16 and shows GuardTech answered co-defendant Browning’s interrogatories.

According to the lawsuit, on July 27, 2012, Anderson purchased a home in Groves from Browning, who failed to disclose the home was infested with termites and wood beetles.

Anderson hired GuardTech to inspect the home and the company negligently missed the wood damage and infestation, the suit alleges.

The suit accuses both defendants of deceptive trade practices and further accuses Anderson of fraud.

Anderson would have not purchased the home if he had known about the infestation, the suit states.

She is suing for actual, incidental, remedial and exemplary damages, plus contract rescission and court costs.

Beaumont attorney Anthony Malley III represents the plaintiff.

Mehaffy Weber attorney Wade Carpenter represents GuardTech.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B193-993

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