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Man sues crime scene cleanup company for performing unauthorized work

October 28, 2009
BELLEVILLE, MI — A building owner has sued crime scene and tragedy cleanup company Aftermath Inc. for cleaning a property he owned without his permission after a murder was committed there, according to the Madison Record.
Jack Hill claims Aftermath, who entered into a contract with the victim''s family on March 22 to perform needed cleaning and repairs, destroyed his property, the story stated.
According to the complaint filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, on or about March 22, 2009, without the plaintiff''s knowledge or consent, the defendant unlawfully entered the plaintiff''s premises and altered the plaintiff''s premises through the use of chemical cleaners and removal of carpeting and other personal items. Hill did not discover Aftermath''s cleaning and repair work until March 24, when the company induced him to sign a contract. To entice Hill to sign the contract, Aftermath employees told him he would need the signed contract so his insurance company could pay clean up costs.
Hill''s insurance company, Shelter Mutual Insurance Company, did not pay for the work until after Aftermath filed a mechanic''s lien on the property for failure to pay, and when Hill tried to sell the property, he was not able to because of the mechanic''s lien that had been placed on it, the story noted.
In his four-count suit, Hill is asking that his contract with Aftermath be rescinded and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just, the story added.
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