The Madison County Record Jul. 12, 2016, 3:30pm


BELLEVILLE — Belleville property owners are suing a contractor, alleging breach of contract, fraud, and false representation.

Margaret Lowery and The Margaret J. Lowery Revocable Trust filed a lawsuit June 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jerry Trent, doing business as Trent's Quality Construction in Belleville, alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

According to the complaint, in April, Lowery met with Trent and discussed the needed repairs and remodeling to her property at 424 Christine Drive, Belleville after a plumbing accident. As a result of defendant's poor performance, the suit says, Lowery was financially damaged, including out-of-pocket losses and expenses, emotional distress and damages in connection with the bad reputation of her property. 

The plaintiffs allege Trent's Quality Construction advised her that the repairs were being paid under a policy insurance, misrepresented that Trent was licensed and bonded, failed, and refused to provide proof of insurance and bonding, and induced her to sign the contract.

Lowery and Lowery Revocable Trust seek a trial by jury, damages of at least $50,000, attorney fees, legal costs and such other additional relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by attorney Michael L. Wagner of Clayborne, Sabo & Wagner LLP in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-321

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