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What is the name of your state? Michigan

I have owned this house for a year which is 25 years old - one previous owner. Around Easter the sump pump failed and flooded the finished basement. The disclosure statement said nothing about previous flooding but the previous owner verbally told me that the basement flooded twice in 25 years when I saw him in March '06.
When the clean up crew was called, they found black mold all around the basement. It was so bad the wood from the studs on the floor was rotted in some spots. They removed the mold. A couple of weeks ago a noticed water again. This time it was from the chimney (not the fireplace one) next to the furnace. There was standing water in the chute. The repair guy said there was a crack in the chimney, but when he started digging outside, he found plastic visqueen (sp?) and a make shift drainage system made from tiles attempting to drain water away from the house. This repair or problem was not disclosed either. To further the issue, I now have to disclose these issues which will I am sure affect my investment return when I move. I talked to one lawyer that said in Michigan, judges side mostly with the defendent on these cases, and didn't give me much hope in this. So I ask, Do I have a winning case? Is going to court worth it for me when I will have to pay the lawyer 1/3 even if I win?


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because no one gave me any answers or advice. The only response I got was questioning why people build basements.:confused:

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