HUNTINGTON — Two property owners are suing the City of Huntington and the Huntington Sanitary Board, saying negligence and acts of omission caused damage to their property.

Michael Ellison and Debra Ellison filed a complaint on May 31 in Cabell Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they improperly maintained sewer lines at an adjacent housing development.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the defendants' negligence caused their property to be inhabitable and unfit for occupancy, resulting in a total loss that ultimately required demolition. The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly were negligent in their handling of the lines across the road from the plaintiffs' property, refused to acknowledge any responsibility, and attempted repairs that resulted in continued damage to the property.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendants for the fair market value of the property, payment for the mortgage and for demolition of the house, attorney fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and any other relief deemed just and equitable. They are represented by Michael E. Froble of Michael E. Froble, Attorney at Law in Beckley.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 16-C-368

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