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Customer alleges Ryno Builders' construction contained substantial defects, including mold


By Marian Johns | Dec 5, 2019


GALVESTON — A Dickinson woman is suing a Galveston County construction business, alleging her new home has substantial defects including mold in the duct work, plus defective flooring and insulation.

Cheryl Allen filed a complaint Nov. 21 in Galveston County District Court against Randy Jones, doing business as Ryno Builders, alleging violation of the Texas Business and Commerce Code (DTPA), breach of contract, negligence and breach of warranty.

According to her complaint, Allen hired Jones to construct her home on Fourth Street in Dickinson. The suit states the unfinished property has numerous "defects," including water damage from a broken HVAC unit, defective insulation, vents, duct work, flooring and exterior wall issues.  

The plaintiff also alleges a defective air conditioning condensation drain line has caused mold in the duct work. Allen states Jones has "remained non-responsive" to her requests to fix the issues and that his intransigence has left her home uninhabitable despite her payments to the defendant.

Allen seeks monetary damages between $200,000 and $1 million, interest, attorney fees, costs of court and all other just relief. She is represented by attorneys Zak Presley and Ross McMullin of The Lovein Ribman Law Firm PC in Grapevine. 

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-2170

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