Homeowners' association alleges pest control service allegedly failed to fulfill contract

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 13, 2016

GRETNA – A Louisiana-based homeowners' association is seeking damages claiming that a pest control service breached contracts and failed to perform the necessary actions.

Avant Garde Homeowners' Association Inc. filed a suit against William W. Snell, doing business as Roach Busters, and Lexington Insurance Co. in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 10.

According to the claim, Avant Garde signed an agreement with the defendant for rodent control on Nov. 11, 2010. Additionally, on May 19, 2011, another agreement was signed for the treatment of termites, the suit states.

Despite the contracts and treatment, the plaintiff alleges it became aware of problems with the services, including the Snell's discovery of termites. The suit states that an unauthorized fee was charged for termite bait system monitoring, which was added to the invoice without the plaintiff's consent or knowledge. Furthermore, the suit states that the defendant may not have had the proper licensing from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and questioned whether or not the defendant was making proper treatments for the agreements that were signed, and found that the bait stations had not been handled in a proper or safe manner.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract and negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. The plaintiff is represented by Joseph L. Briggett of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin and Hubbard of New Orleans. The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

The 24th Judicial District Court Case number 760767

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