Galveston couple sues Houston contractor over poor storm repairs to house

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Mar 18, 2013

GALVESTON - Claiming storm repairs to their Galveston residence were incorrectly done, Victor and Michelle Sierpina have filed a lawsuit.

According to recent court documents filed March 12 in Galveston County District Court, Promenade Homes Inc. and Houston resident Stan Davis failed to fix the subject property after it sustained damage from Hurricane Ike.

The parties entered into an agreement shortly after the Category 2 storm when the plaintiffs were confronted by "overwhelming damage and construction needs," the suit says.

To the tune of approximately $175,000, the defendants began the reportedly ill-fated project a month after Ike's landfall.

"Over the course of the next several months, work was not done correctly or in a workmanlike manner, final invoicing was made of over $60,000 over the original, nor was the job done on time," the original petition says.

The Sierpinas add that they have discovered numerous problems since the respondents departed, including but not limited to poorly installed sheetrock walls and ceilings and damaged kitchen cabinets.

"Since the defendants left the job site, the plaintiffs have discovered that work was done improperly, work that will have to be redone at significant expense and damage to the property," the suit says.

It further shows the defendants filed a mechanic's lien on the property on March 23, 2010, though they "have failed to satisfy all conditions precedent to prefect and validate any lien it has filed against the property."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Christopher D. Bertini of The Bertini Law Firm PC in Galveston is representing the complainants, and Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-584

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