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Disabled woman battles for Beverly Hills condo

Mold lawsuit hits Farmers Insurance

A bathtub overflow in an upper-story Los Angeles County condominium has sparked a two-year-long chain of events that now threatens to leave a disabled woman who lived in the lower-story unit homeless. Carolyn Kliaman is suing Farmers Insurance and 13 other defendants, including five other insurance companies, the condominium homeowner's association, the owner of the condominium she'd rented, an insurance broker, a cleaning company and a long-term-stay hotel in Beverly Hills, according to her attorney Gary Smolker. Kliaman's rental condominium became flooded in December 2001 after a bathtub overflowed in an upstairs unit. A few months after the flood, Farmers Insurance allegedly asked Kliaman to move from her home to the Marriott Residence Inn of Beverly Hills, a nearby hotel, because toxic mold allegedly was found growing in the condo. Mold isn't a new condition in homes; however, increased public anxiety from publicity surrounding high-profile lawsuits in Texas and California has...