GALVESTON – An owner of a San Leon grocery store claims he was swindled into buying the business.

Faisal Artani’s lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 15 in the Galveston County 212th District Court, faults La Mejor Groceries LLC and Juan Cordero for failing to inform Artani of any problems in connection with the business.

Recent court documents show that the transaction occurred last spring, stating Artani paid the purchase price and executed a promissory note for the balance of $50,000 payable within six months of the date of closing. Mejor purportedly represented to the complainant the property was in good condition, and the sellers were clear of any violations.

The original petition says the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts conducted a raid on the business in response to Cordero’s unpaid back taxes shortly after the sale. Artani adds he noticed maintenance and structural defects and learned of outstanding Galveston County Health Department violations requiring immediate attention.

“The foregoing misrepresentations and non-disclosures committed by the defendants have resulted in economic damages to the plaintiff,” the suit says.

Consequently, Artani seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by attorney Abel Manji of the law firm Hird, Chu, Lawji, P.L.L.C. in Sugar Land.

Galveston County 212th District Court Case No. 17-CV-1504

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