Homeowner Mary Kay Williams Alleges Sears Vinyl Siding Destroyed Her Family’s Home

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Single Mother and Corporate Giant Face-off in Courtroom Over Black Mold Ordeal

Mary Kay Williams and her daughter survey their home after it has been engulfed in black mold. Williams alleges Sears vinyl siding destroyed her family home.

According to court documents, Sears admits negligently installing vinyl siding on her home in 1992; a mistake that Ms. Williams claims created a severe black mold infestation which forced the family to leave their home six years ago.

Mary Kay Williams, a single mother of three raising a special needs child, faces the powerful legal team of Sears, Roebuck and Co. in a Harris County, Texas courtroom this April (Cause No. 2009-12785). According to court documents, Sears admits negligently installing vinyl siding on her home in 1992; a mistake that Ms. Williams claims created a severe black mold infestation which forced the family to leave their home six years ago.

According to Ms. Williams’s petition pending in the 165th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas, her ordeal began in 1993 with Sears’ unsuccessful attempt to correct the faulty installation. She alleges that in 2005 the company removed the vinyl siding and covered the exterior walls with plastic sheeting, leaving the home uninhabitable, the family displaced and allowing snakes, rats, squirrels and lizards to take up residence in an unsecured home. In deposition testimony by a former Sears insurance adjuster, the Williams home was declared a total loss in 2007. Today, over five years later, Sears and its subcontractors have not compensated Williams for the loss of her home, contents and the cost of living outside of her home. Court filings indicate all is not well between Sears and its subcontractors either as its mold remediation subcontractor has also sued Sears (Cause No. 2009-12785, 165th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas).

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