Archive: February 15, 2008

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Builder Liable for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Consumer Protection Act Violations Based on Verbal Abuse of New Home Purchasers

Builder Liable for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Consumer Protection Act Violations Based on Verbal Abuse of New Home Purchasers

Lepp v. V.M.S. Realty Trust, 2008 WL 375971 (Mass. App. Div. Feb. 8, 2008)

This is a per curiam decision by the Massachusetts Appellate Division that addresses the liability of homebuilders and vendors.  In Lepp, the purchasers of a newly built home sued the vendor of the home for breach of contract for failure to install the agreed upon insulation.  The purchasers also sued the builder, who was an employee of the vendor, for breach of contract, breach of the implied warranty of good workmanship, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of M.G.L. c. 93A — the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.  The trial court found for the plaintiffs on all counts in a jury-waived trial and the defendants appealed.
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