Van Camp v. Bradford
Ohio Court of Common Pleas
623 N.E.2d 731 (1993)
Kitty Van Camp (plaintiff) sued Connie Bradford and Bradford's real estate agent, William Campbell, (defendants) for damages arising from Van Camp's purchase of Bradford's house. The trial evidence showed that Bradford put the house up for sale immediately after a tenant's daughter was brutally raped there, and another rape occurred nearby. The rapist was still at large. Both Van Camp and Bradford were single mothers of teenage daughters. At the walk-through prior to closing, Van Camp asked Bradford, in Campbell's presence, why there were bars on the basement windows. Bradford replied that there had been a break-in 16 years earlier, but that there was currently no problem with the house. Van Camp said she would remove the bars for cosmetic reasons, but Bradford advised Van Camp that it was in her best interests to leave the bars in place. The closing proceeded as planned. As Van Camp was moving into the house, a neighbor told her about the recent rapes. Within a few months, two more women were raped in the neighborhood, Van Camp's house was burglarized, and she received threatening phone calls. Bradford and Campbell moved for summary judgment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sage, J.)
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