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Lockport couple sues real estate agent, home seller over lead poisoning

A lawsuit filed by a Lockport couple, whose 2-year-old son was diagnosed with lead poisoning after the family moved into a century-old house, names a real estate agent and the seller for allegedly not disclosing an inspection report revealing lead paint in the house.

Realtor Maureen S. Walck pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in September to a misdemeanor for failing to provide a lead paint warning notice and was fined $1,000.

The State Supreme Court suit by Michael and Jillian DeJohn of High Street seeks damages from Walck and seller Jacob Arnold equaling the sale price of $132,000 for fraud, triple damages for violating federal law and an amount to be determined for negligence.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the boy was diagnosed in September 2015, 17 months after the purchase.

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