Homeowners dismissed from 2004 Crown Point housing suit

2012-06-13T18:18:00Z 2012-06-13T21:19:58Z Homeowners dismissed from 2004 Crown Point housing suitBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Twenty-one Crown Point homeowners should be dismissed from an eight-year-old legal dispute regarding the curb appeal of houses in their subdivision, a Lake County judge has ruled.

But an appeal likely will keep the case alive for many months longer.

Kevin Werner, an attorney representing the homeowners, said this week his clients won a favorable ruling from Lake Superior Court Judge John Pera.

Pera dismissed them as defendants in a 2004 lawsuit that alleged some homes in Fieldstone Crossing, a 33-acre development southeast of 93rd and Buchanan, failed to meet minimum house design and workmanship standards as required by a covenant put in place by the original developer.

The plaintiffs are two of the earlier residents of the subdivision, who claim their real estate values have been unfairly depreciated by houses that were built later by Endor Real Estate Services of Illinois. The plaintiffs claim the Endor homes are of lesser quality.

Pera ruled last month the developer followed the procedures outlined in the covenant to ensure houses are built with the proper quality of workmanship and materials.

J. Michael Katz, who represents the plaintiffs, said he will appeal that decision to a higher court.

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