O'Fallon man sues JJD Properties over allegations of consumer fraud and deceptive business practices

By Robbie Hargett | Aug 26, 2015

An O'Fallon man is suing JJD Properties over claims of deceptive business practices regarding the concealment of bathroom mold.


An O'Fallon man is suing JJD Properties over claims of deceptive business practices regarding the concealment of bathroom mold.

Benjamin J. Sims Sr. filed a complaint on July 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against JJD Properties LLC, alleging consumer fraud and deceptive business practices.

The complaint states that Sims closed on a real estate purchase contract with JJD Properties on July 31, 2014.

The complaint alleges that prior to Sims entering into a contract to purchase real estate with JJD Properties for a property located at 319 Wellsley in O'Fallon, JJD discovered mold when remodeling the property's bathroom, and, according to the contract, was required to provide a mold inspection report stating that the property was free of mold.

According to the complaint, JJD obtained a limited mold inspection and report from Greystone Environmental Inc., and, in an attempt to deceive Sims, placed air fresheners in the property's bathroom.

Sims sustained damages to his property as a result of the alleged deceptive, false, concealed, misrepresented, suppressed, and/or omitted facts regarding the bathroom mold, in violation of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, the suit states.

Sims seeks damages of more than $30,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.

He is represented by B. Jay Dowling of Sterling and Dowling, P.C. in Fairview Heights.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-436

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