Homeowner alleges Derouse Foundation LLC did not complete work correctly

By Carrie Bradon | Jul 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A woman is seeking damages following an allegedly faulty elevation of her home.

Sonja Brunious filed a suit against the Derouse Foundation LLC in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on June 9.

According to the claim, the plaintiff entered into an agreement with the defendant on Dec. 21, 2013, for the elevation of her home at 4816 Pauger St. The suit states that the regulations for the home's elevation were specific and required that certain steps be taken to ensure that the job was done in a sufficient manner. The suit additionally states that the defendant received $100,000 in December 2013 and started the job. However, following the defendant's completion of the job, the plaintiff allegedly began to notice problems, including cracks in her ceiling, doors that would not close and leaks in the water pipes The repairs that the plaintiff will require are estimated at $156,000 in expenses, the suit states, though the defendant has disputed the costs and failed to perform the work in a proper fashion.

The defendant is accused of commission and omission through failure to perform the elevation in accordance with the requirements and failing to monitor the work to ensure that it was being completed correctly.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. She is represented by Randy George McKee and Amelia D. Colomb of the McKee Law Firm in New Orleans. The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Regina H. Woods.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case number 2016-5826.

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