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Man alleges Raleigh County appraiser paid $9,000 retainer failed to perform appraisal

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By Marian Johns | Dec 5, 2019

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PETERSBURG – A Seneca Rocks man alleges a Raleigh County real estate appraiser received a $9,000 retainer and failed to perform an appraisal on his commercial property in Grant County. 

Jerry Hedrick filed a complaint in Grant Circuit Court against Appraisal Resource Center Inc. and Douglas Butcher alleging breach of contract, fraud in the inducement and unjust enrichment. 

Hedrick and his wife entered into a contract on Oct. 2 for Butcher to do an appraisal on their Grant County commercial property for their pending divorce action, according to the complaint. Per the contract, Butcher was to be paid $10,000 for the appraisal with an initial retainer of $4,500, the suit states. 

Hedrick and his wife each paid Butcher a $4,500 advance and allege despite Butcher receiving $9,000, he "failed to perform any work as set forth in the contract."

Hedrick seeks monetary relief, a trial by jury and all other relief the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Daniel James and Nicholas James of The James Law Firm PLLC in Keyser.

Grant Circuit Court case number 19-C-15

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