By Susan Salisbury
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WELLINGTON — A Wellington condo association, unhappy with its termite service, sued its exterminator and won.
Sheffield Woods at Wellington Condominium Association won a $413,000 jury verdict in its lawsuit against Orkin Inc.
In the verdict reached Tuesday, a Hillsborough County jury found that Orkin failed to control subterranean termites and failed to re-treat the property at the 192-unit condominium development. The jury also said Orkin was not responsible for repairs.
Pete Cardillo, a Tampa attorney representing the association, said Thursday that he had sought $5.6 million in damages. Termites have destroyed extensive portions of the wood framing and studs in all but two of the 29 buildings, he said.
“Nothing has been fixed yet,” Cardillo said. “We have removed portions of every single building to look at the damaged framing.”
People can still live in the buildings, but will probably have to move out during repairs, Cardillo said.
Orkin initially treated the buildings in 1990, with periodic treatments over the past 21 years. Last year a complete re-treatment was conducted, but that should have been done in 1997 or 1998, Cardillo said.
Martha Craft, a spokeswoman for Orkin, which is owned by Rollins Inc., said in a statement, “We honored our commitments and stood by Sheffield Woods for more than 20 years to provide termite protection to their property. We are proud of the thousands of Orkin men and women who continue to provide superior pest control service to valuable customers like Sheffield Woods.”
Finally the courts show ORkin for what they are! We had them for our business and had to fight with them to retreat and they told us that roaches will always be in our property especially asian roaches no matter what they do. They did treat the property of course and sprayed chemical over everything I mean everything so we had to close for a day and clean and rewash. What a company
5:17 PM, 10/15/2011