2011-03-10 / Local & State

Pa. County: ‘Buyer Beware’ Clause Should Nix Suit

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The attorney for a southwestern Pennsylvania county says wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a tax sale ad falsely said a piece of property had a cell phone tower on it.

Attorney Marie Milie Jones says the doctrine of caveat emptor – a Latin phrase which means “let the buyer beware’’ – holds sway in Pennsylvania.

The Herald-Standard of Uniontown says Fayette County wants the suit filed last September by WRH Realty LLC dismissed as a result.

The company wants the county to repay $6,250 the firm paid for the property, and related costs and damages.

The former property owner did have a lease agreement with a cell phone company, but the tower was never built. Nevertheless, the real estate firm claims the county advertised the property as having a tower, thus duping the firm into buying it at a tax sale.

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