HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney
General Bruce R. Beemer has announced a lawsuit against the Cutler Group Inc.,
a Montgomery County-based homebuilder, for allegedly failing to provide
new homes that were weather-resistant as it claimed it would.
According to Beemer’s office, the Cutler
Group failed to comply with manufacturers’ recommendations,
building codes and accepted industry standards for the installation of stucco,
weather barriers and flashings. Because of the company’s
purportedly shoddy work, consumers were left with non-weather sealed homes, an
issue that often caused water infiltration and significant damage to the houses.
"The costs to correct this damage can easily exceed
$100,000 per home," Beemer said. "It is extremely important for new
homebuilders to adhere to accepted industry practices, which leaves consumers
with the peace of mind that their homes have been properly built. We are
pursuing this lawsuit, in part, to protect consumers from this conduct in the
Beemer’s office seeks restitution for
consumers, civil penalties and a permanent injunction against the Cutler Group.
Chief deputy attorney general Sarah A. E. Frasch, director
of the attorney general’s bureau of consumer protection, filed the lawsuit in
the Montgomery Court of Common Pleas.