When a consumer purchases a product with a warranty, they expect it to function as advertised. If it doesn’t, they also have the right to expect the providing company to uphold its end of the warranty agreement. This is true if that consumer is a single person purchasing a toaster, or the City of Charleston purchasing new polyurethane foam-applied roofing systems for several of the city’s buildings.
Ohio Valley Spray Foam (OVSF) was contracted by the City of Charleston in 2006 and again in 2007 to apply new roofing systems to a few of the buildings in Charleston, including the North Charleston Recreation Center and the King Community Center. Part of the reason they won the bid in the first place was because they offered a 15 year warranty on their products and services. The trouble is that less than 10 years later, the roofs are leaking and causing considerable damage to the properties, and the company is not offering any repairs or compensation, despite the existing warranty.
(The West Virginia Record has a full article about this story here.)
Big Time Litigation Requires Even Bigger Representation
The City of Charleston knew that it was going to be in for a fight with this company. With taxpayer dollars potentially wasted and community centers suffering every time it rains in the city, the stakes were certainly high. We are proud to say that Attorneys J. Timothy DiPiero and Sean P. McGinley of our firm – DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC – were selected to represent the city, along with Attorney Paul D. Ellis. With the help of investigations the city has conducted at the damaged sites, we have already been able to determine that OVSF failed to follow standard industry procedures when applying the new roofing system, ultimately causing the leaks and damage.
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