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Contracts Keyed to Whaley
Stambovsky v. Ackley
Citation:New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 1991. 169 A.D.2d 254, 572 N.Y.S.2d 672.
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Jeffrey Stambovsky (Plaintiff) signed a contract to purchase a home in Nyack, NY from Helen Ackley (Defendant). Plaintiff was not a local, and later learned that the house he had contracted to purchase was haunted. It had been widely reported by defendant and others, including a publication in Readers’ Digest, that the house was haunted by a poltergeist. While plaintiff had conducted the required home inspection and searched the public records regarding title, this information was not ascertainable to him. Defendant did not disclose the fact that the house was haunted during negotiations with plaintiff.
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