Port Arthur man says couple failed to pay $30K for home purchase

By Kelly Holleran | May 9, 2011

A Port Arthur man claims he lost more than $30,000 when a couple who purchased a house from him failed to make their monthly payments.

Carlos Espinosa filed a lawsuit April 28 in Jefferson County Circuit Court against Alejandro Lopez and Marissa Valdez-Lopez.

Espinosa claims he sold property on Second Avenue in Port Arthur to the Lopezes on June 15, 2007, for $40,000. Under a contract the Lopezes signed, they agreed to make monthly payments of $500 until their debt was paid off in full.

The couple made their initial two payments, but failed to make any more, according to the complaint. Shortly after their failure to make the remaining payments, the Lopezes voluntarily left their property, the suit states.

However, Espinosa says he suffered economic damages of $33,000 due to lost proceeds.
He alleges breach of contract against the Lopezes.

In his complaint, Espinosa seeks an unspecified judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court. He also wants the court to order that his contract with the Lopezes be rescinded and the property returned to him. In addition, he seeks pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs, attorney's fees of $2,500 and other relief the court deems just.

Antoine L. Freeman of Port Arthur will be representing him.

Case No. A189-897

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