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Tribeca tenants sue for $64M over mold

May 05, 2011 10:25AM

Two Tribeca painters have filed a $64 million lawsuit against their former landlord, charging that he purposely allowed toxic mold to grow inside their 15 Jay Street loft in an attempt to oust them from the pad they’d occupied for more than 30 years. According to the Post, John Bowman and his wife, Ann Shostrom, claimed in a suit filed yesterday that the landlord, Jay Hudson LLC, did nothing to address the mold in their apartment after a November 2008 leak caused the ceiling to collapse. Both Bowman and Shostrom later developed breathing and vision problems, “inadvertent body jerking” and liver damage as a result of the exposure to “dangerous molds,” the complaint says. Jay Hudson, which is co-owned by David Dilmanian, had failed in an attempt to buy out their lease after purchasing the property in 2006, which the court filing suggests as the motive for letting the mold fester. [Post]

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