Condo resident accuses association, board members of slander over lien; seeks $6M

By Annie Cosby | Jun 17, 2014

A Chicago condominium association and some of its board members are being accused of slandering a resident in a dispute over repair payment.

Dolores J. Sanchez filed a lawsuit June 12 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Ingleside Manor Condominium Association, Carol Rancifer Gearring, Eric O. Clark, Sarah M. Adams and David L. Rudolph.

According to the suit, Sanchez used board funds to pay a contractor to repair her unit and other areas damaged in 2008 by broken and leaking pipes. She claims the contractor never did the work and the board sought reimbursement of board funds from her, leading to the filing of $11,700 lien, plus costs and attorney’s fees.

The dispute was settled, but Sanchez contends the lien was never removed, causing a mark on her reputation.

Sanchez is seeking damages in excess of $6M, plus court costs, and is represented by Dale L. Smirl of Burch & Associates in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014-L-006249.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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