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Hill v. Jones
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Plaintiffs purchased Defendants home for $72,000. Plaintiffs had, on several occasions, inspected the home and twice noticed potential termite damage to the home. Although Plaintiffs, who were both familiar with termite damage, noticed holes in the wood on the patio and a ripple in the floor in the living room they never followed up to determine the cause of such damages. On one such occasion, Plaintiffs asked Defendants about a ripple on the floor in the living, Defendants responded that the ripple was caused by water damage. The house eventually passed termite inspection, and Plaintiffs closed relying on the inspection. Defendant sellers never disclosed to Plaintiff, or to the termite inspector, the fact that in the past the house had been infested by termites and that the house received treatment for such infestations. Upon moving into the house, the wood in the living room began to crumble, it was determined that such damage was caused by termites.
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