BECKLEY – A Raleigh County couple who recently purchased a home
is suing the former owner, as well as a home inspection service, claiming they
misled them about the home’s condition.
Douglas Cipoletti and Shannon Cipoletti filed a lawsuit May
16 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Rochelle Cook, the property’s previous
owner, and Lombardo Home Inspection Service Inc., doing business as Southern WV Inspections, alleging fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment of
According to the complaint, the Cipolettis purchased their
home from Cook in April of 2015 for $310,000. While making improvements to the
home in June, the Cipolettis say they found a leak in the attic and hired a
firm to inspect the house. The inspection uncovered damage to the roof and
flashing around the chimney, issues that had not been mentioned in Cook’s
disclosure statement nor in Southern WV Inspection’s report. The cost to repair
the roof and chimney flashing is estimated at $23,050, the suit says.
The Cipolettis seek a jury trial, compensatory damages
and litigation costs. They are represented by attorney Gene W. Bailey II of Hendrickson
& Long PLLC in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick III.
Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 16-C-305-K