Posted 7/1/2013 12:00 am
The dream home a Little Rock doctor bought last year for $1.25 million has turned into a nightmare.
Dr. Joel Dworkin is suing the seller of the 5,470-SF home, Kathleen “Kathy” Blasingame of Maumelle, for unspecified damages for allegations that include fraud and breach of contract.
Dworkin said in his lawsuit that he bought the three-story home in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood in March 2012. He charges that Blasingame misled him about the condition of the home.
He said he found that “windows are allowing water in intrude into the dwelling” and “door frames are cracking and pulling apart,” according to the lawsuit.
Dworkin said in the lawsuit that Blasingame knew about the conditions of the home, but didn’t disclose them.
He also named the contractor that built the house, Bosley Construction Inc. of Little Rock, as a defendant. The owner of company, Bill Bosley, declined to comment on the pending litigation.
When Dworkin talked to Arkansas Business in early April, he said there were “issues” with the home but declined to name them. Instead, he focused on the location and view : “It’s all wow.”
But on April 29, he asked Blasingame to rescind the contract, according to the lawsuit. She refused.
One of Dworkin’s attorneys on the case, Kendel Grooms of Little Rock, declined to comment on Dworkin’s statements to Arkansas Business.
In order to win the lawsuit, Grooms said he’ll have to show “some type of fraudulent activity on behalf of Blasingame, and there was a warranty in place that was breached by the contractor.”
In her response, Blasingame said that she “in no way covered up, failed to disclose, breached any warranty, acted in bad faith, made false representations, or failed to perform any duties or obligations” that she owed Dworkin.