Sarah Rodriguez//January 14, 2009
Sarah Rodriguez//January 14, 2009//
Meng v. The Drees Company
Type of Case: Toxic mold injuries from negligently constructed home
Court: Loudoun County Circuit Court
Attorneys: David Hilton Wise, James P. Lukes, Fairfax
Summary: A couple contended that mold in their new $900,000 home sickened them and rendered the house unlivable. They alleged that the mold developed because the contractor did not allow the structure to dry before installing insulation and sheetrock.
The jury awarded the wife, who had migraine headaches and other ailments, $2.28 million for negligence. Her husband was awarded $500,000 for negligence, and the couple was awarded $1.47 million for constructive fraud and $500,000 for violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
Post trial motions, including a contention that some of the awards are duplicative, are set for next month.