Builder must repair erosion damage

In one of the state’s largest judgments of its kind, a Forsyth County Superior Court Thursday ordered Pulte Homes to install a series of fixes on property damaged by runoff from its development. The company has 90 days to complete the work.

Three Cumming families won a $2.5 million judgment against Pulte for property damages they incurred as a result of a the company’s 733-home development upstream. A Forsyth County jury found the builder guilty last week of common law nuisance, trespass and negligence and of repeated violations of Georgia environmental laws.

It is one of the largest storm water pollution judgments in state history, eclipsing a $2.3 million award against D.R. Horton builders in Cobb County six years ago.

By Patrick Fox    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   September 15, 2011

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