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Disclosure Breach

Dubuque, IA: (Mar-10-08) A lawsuit was filed against a Dubuque woman Rita Russow and her realtor Dominic Goodmann Real Estate, by a couple Chad and Michelle Miller who claimed they were not told of problems with a house they bought at 2801 Summer Drive, including the suicide of the previous owner's husband.

The Millers who bought the Dubuque home for $136,000, claimed that structural problems, including leaky roof and the suicide of Rita Russow's husband at the home in 1992 caused them to suffer damage and indicate they wouldn't have made the purchase, had they known about the issues. The couple also claimed in part that they were haunted by her husband's suicide.

The lawsuit, claimed negligence, misrepresentation, equitable fraud, recission and statutory nondisclosure and sued Russow for breach of contract. Rita, 65 years old, says she was forced to file for bankruptcy to save herself financially from the lawsuit. The settlement was reached with her real estate agent and co-defendant Dominic Goodmann Real Estate and dismissed last month. [IOWA WIRE: LAWSUIT OVER HOME'S HISTORY SETTLED]

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Published on Mar-11-08


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