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Ohio Supreme Court Considers Whether Homeowners Can Sue Builder over Magnetized Homes


Two couples who say they moved into new homes with magnetized steel joists are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to allow them to sue the builder even though they signed limited warranties.

The couples, who live in Canal Winchester, Ohio, say they experienced some unusual effects, the Columbus Dispatch reports. “Their TV screens were distorted,” the story says. “Cordless phones ran into interference. Computer hard drives were corrupted.”

The couples want to sue the builder, Centex, even though they signed a sales contract with a limited warranty, the Dispatch says. Homebuyers who wanted to see what kinds of repairs were covered had to look at a separate document available for inspection at a different location.

In oral arguments on Tuesday, the lawyer for the couples, Steve Edwards, argued that builders have a duty to build homes in a workmanlike manner, no matter what the warranty says.

The oral arguments gave little clue as to what caused the alleged problem, according to the story.

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