Doctor sues contractor over defects in Collinsville home

Kelly Holleran Dec. 7, 2010, 9:36am


After spending more than $500,000 on his Madison County home, a doctor claims he discovered numerous defects that his builders have refused to repair.

Dr. John G. Alexander filed a lawsuit Nov. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against Yankee Ingenuity, Glen M. Hulsey and Evelyn M. Greaves.

In his complaint, Alexander claims he hired the defendants on Nov. 16, 2006, to build him a home at 979 Ducck Rd. in Collinsville for which he paid $519,000.

After the home's construction, Alexander noticed numerous problems, including an improper downspout and drainage system, improperly installed roofing that allowed water into the house and an improperly designed brick patio at the front and the side of the house to prevent settling from occurring, according to the complaint. In addition, the defendants failed to properly install retaining walls, the suit states.

About six months after moving into the home, Alexander noticed its defects and provided the defendants with written notice of them, expecting them to be fixed, the complaint says.

"The Defendants failed to remedy the various defects and deficiencies existing at the House according to the standards of construction relevant in the state of Illinois," the suit states. "To date, Defendants have failed to repair and/or compensate Alexander for the defects and deficiencies existing at the House."

In his complaint, Alexander alleges breach of contract, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment against the defendants.

He seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Kenneth Al Slavens and Nathan D. Sturyez of Husch Blackwell in St. Louis will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-1203.

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