MORGANTOWN -- Four individuals are suing Sears Home Improvement Products for a heating/air conditioning unit that malfunctioned and caused property damage to their home.

Debrons, LLC; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; and Terrence Boyd were also named as defendants in the suit.

On Nov. 14, 2009, Karen Moore made a contract for purchase and installation of a new heating/air conditioning unit with Sears, according to a complaint filed June 1 in Monongalia Circuit Court.

Moore claims Sears negligently installed the heating/air conditioning unit in her home.

On July 8, 2010, the air conditioning unit malfunctioned, causing extensive water to infiltrate her home and cause the home to become infected with dangerous levels of mold, according to the suit.

Moore, Davis Davis, Misty Davis and Lillian Davis claim they were forced to move from their home on July 16, 2010, and live in a hotel.

Nationwide and Boyd offered to cover the mold damages only up to $5,000 and unlawfully denied their claim as to the flooding and air conditioning malfunction, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by John Angotti.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number: 12-C-382

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