A Rhode Island man says a big New Hampshire-based developer let mold grow in his apartment for a year, giving him an incurable lung disease. The man, identified in court documents as Jeffrey Mastrubuono, is suing the developer, Brady Sullivan, for $60 million dollars.
The lawsuit alleges Mastrobuono lived for about a year in a converted mill apartment at the Harris Mill Lofts in Coventry. Brady Sullivan owns properties like it all over New England, and they've been cited for environmental issues before.
Mastrobuono alleges the company knowingly let him stay in his unsafe unit while sub-floor water damage turned to rampant mold. According to the suit, Mastrobuono's doctors says airborne spores from the mold gave him chronic pneumonia, sinus infections, and eventually an irreversible lung disease that prevents him from working.
The suit accuses Brady Sullivan of negligence and of violating state and federal laws -- and his lawyers say they represent other people with similar claims against the company. Brady Sullivan has denied the allegations. The company's attorney declined further comment for this story.
This report comes from the New England News Collaborative, eight public media companies coming together to tell the story of a changing region.