Health Concerns Breed Suits Over Mold
December 31, 2002
By AARON FAUST, Courant Staff Writer
ENFIELD -- Stephen Champagne says the mold in his rented Elm Street
home has sent him to the hospital twice and is responsible for the headaches,
fatigue, memory loss and respiratory ailments he has suffered since
he moved in a year and a half ago.
His son, who lives with his mother, is no longer allowed to go inside
the house, he said, because 4-year-old Stefan's neck balloons to the
size of a football and his nose bleeds. MORE
Mold problem being addressed
Dec. 30, 2002
The Horry County Schools system is spending about $300,000 to deal with
a mold problem at Myrtle Beach Primary School. School staff first identified
mold on the walls of some classrooms earlier this year. The district
hired environmental testers, who in November found water-stained ceiling
tiles, dust buildup and low levels of mold in the school. MORE
Mold issue spreads concern
Growth hinders couple's ideal of a warm, fuzzy home in Cedarburg
By DAN BENSON
Dec. 28, 2002
Cedarburg - Winter is a time for woolly boots, not "extremely
fuzzy" boots, like the mold-covered pair in the basement of the
remodeled home of Cynthia Collins-Hansen and her husband, Lowell Hansen.
The boots stand as a damp testament to a Hansen family ordeal that began
three years ago and has resulted in them being forced out of their mold-infested
Cambridge Ave. home last February.
Moldy carpet, moldy walls, moldy furniture. MORE
Girl's Homecoming Delayed: Her House Could Kill Her
Mold Has Taken Over Family's Corona Home
December 27, 2002
ORANGE, Calif. -- The homecoming for hospitalized leukemia patient Camarae
Casillas is being delayed because her house could kill her. MORE
Mold makes her sick, teacher says
Los Banos district to retest portables, clean ductwork.
By Mike Conway
The Modesto Bee
(Published Tuesday, December 24, 2002, 5:54 AM)
LOS BANOS -- A second-grade teacher says her classroom is infected
with mold that makes her sick. Cathy Cox avoids using the heater because
it stirs up the spores and even tried wearing a surgical mask to see
if that would help cut down the problems in her portable classroom.
NAII Says 35 States Have Adopted ISO Mold Limitations
December 24, 2002
Thirty-five states have adopted an approved Insurance Services Office
(ISO) mold limitation for homeowners coverage, which allows insurers
to exclude coverage for loss caused by mold and wet or dry rot, unless
the conditions result from a covered peril. According to the National
Association of Independent Insurers (NAII), a separate limit for mold
damage resulting from a covered peril may be added by endorsement. MORE
State Farm passes on mold
BY CARA BUCKLEY
One-fifth of Florida's condo associations faces rate hikes of 132 percent
and will no longer have mold coverage, marking the latest chapter in
insurers' efforts to head off an explosion in mold-related claims. MORE
Leaks, mold strike Doral apartments
Tenants in at least 60 percent of the 384 rental units at the 3-year-old
Jefferson at Doral luxury apartment complex in Miami-Dade County have
been asked to leave so the landlord can fix water leaks and isolated
cases of mildew. MORE
Appeals court knocks down $32 million judgement in
toxic mold case
AUSTIN - In a high-profile case involving a mold-damaged home, a state
appeals court on Thursday reduced a jury verdict against Farmers Insurance
Group from $32 million to $4 million plus interest and attorneys fees.
Insurer, Fla. break ground over mold
Homeowners to get 'broad-based coverage,' state says
BY DALE K. DuPONT
The Florida Department of Insurance and Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Cos. reached agreement Tuesday on mold coverage, one of the prickliest
issues facing homeowners and insurers.
While both sides stress that this is only one case involving one company,
it appears to be the first detailed guideline on this issue in Florida.
Mold closes Loudon hotel Owner, builders,
designers working on problem
By REBECCA FERRAR,
December 18, 2002
One of the key issues forcing closure of the Holiday Inn Express in
Loudon County is a mysterious mold in the rooms, the construction contractor
and state health inspectors have confirmed. MORE
Battle against mold
By JENNIFER HICKS
It lurks in shower stalls, basements, other damp areas, and can cause
serious health problems. It's mold, an organic fungus that's been around
for billions of years. It's also the cause of many health problems in
humans, as well as structural damage in homes and buildings. MORE
New Home Found For Shelter Plagued By Mold
$1.5 Million Project To Be Completed Within 20 Months
POSTED: 6:02 p.m. EST December 16, 2002
CLEVELAND -- Officials said that mold has been attacking the county's
shelter for homeless women and children, creating a dangerous environment.
News Channel 5's Joe Pagonakis reported that the city of Cleveland teamed
up with Cuyahoga County on Monday to announce a badly needed solution:
that a new location for the shelter has finally been found. MORE
Mold Is Becoming A Significant Real Estate Matter
by Stuart Lieberman
Who ever heard of a home not selling because of mold? Or of a "mold
contingency?" Five years ago, no one ever heard of such a thing.
But mold is getting more attention and home inspectors need to look
for mold on a regular basis, if they are not doing so already.
Most of us laugh at the idea of mold entering into a real estate transaction.
But here is the problem: mold litigation is on the rise. More and more
lawyers are handling cases relating to mold exposure. And some judgments
have been awarded in these cases, suggesting that they may have legal
$557,000 home must be torn down because of mold
Published Dec. 12, 2002
WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. -- In May, Brian and Kaare Lotz bought a $557,000
home, a perfect fit, they thought, for their growing family.
It had a small yard and needed few repairs before the family moved in.
But it also had a hidden problem - mold.
Now, the family can't live in the house, sell it or have it
Area officials tackling mold concerns
Sun staff writer
The black slime under your sink is becoming your insurance agent's
Across the country, insurance companies and health officials say they've
watched complaints about mold - a fungus that can cause health problems
ranging from stuffy noses to asthma - surge during the past year. MORE
No Sold If There's Mold
by Blanche Evans
You've heard of Radon, asbestos and lead paint. Now meet the newest
official pollutant - mold. Mold is a biological pollutant, a fungi that
grows in moist conditions. Molds are found in up to 50 percent of all
structures, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)
And it could kill your next real estate deal. MORE
Whose Mold Is It Anyway?
by Stuart Lieberman
You live in an apartment and it has a lot of mold. Good news? Bad news?
News at all? The answer is all three.
It's good news if you are a mold hobbiest. What an opportunity. And
if you can harvest the penicillin, so much the better.
It's bad news if you are one of the many people who react poorly to
mold. Some of us just sneeze. Others can become
pretty ill. MORE
Is the fungus in your floorboards making you sick? With no clear answers,
panic and lawsuits abound
By ANITA HAMILTON
Sunday, Jun. 24, 2001
Sharyn Iler, 52, of the Woodlands, Texas, an upscale suburb of Houston,
couldn't figure out what was wrong. Every time she went into her bathroom
to put on makeup, her eyes started burning. She felt constantly exhausted,
her vision was blurry and she had a dry cough that just wouldn't quit.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, Iler feared the worst. Perhaps
after two years of remission, the disease had returned. She never imagined
that the source of her troubles might lie buried within the walls of
her $300,000 home--or that she and her husband Bruce would be forced
to flee for health reasons with nothing but their dog and cat in tow.
Ed McMahon Sues Groups Over Toxic Mold
The lawsuit seeks damages for alleged breach of
contract, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress
due to mold exposure. McMahon and his wife Pamela, said a plumbing pipe
burst in July, flooding their den with water. Mold was found in the
den a month later, the lawsuit says. The couple alleges the mold spread
to other parts of the house, including the air conditioning ducts. They
claim they became seriously ill and their dog died from toxic mold related
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