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San Clemente homeowners file lawsuit over mudslides

February 16, 2011 |  7:51 pm

San Clemente homeowners filed a lawsuit  Wednesday alleging that the owners of a nearby golf course failed to maintain hillside slopes where heavy rains caused disastrous mudflows in December.

The 11 homeowners, who residences were damaged during the torrential downpours, are seeking in excess of $10 million in damages, according to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court.

Attorney Serge Tomassian, who represents the homeowners, said the slope near the Shorecliffs Golf Course was still moving and that rainfall during the next several days may cause additional mudslides that could affect the homes on Via Ballena.

Tomassian also said he had filed claims for damages for $10 million to $15 million against the city of San Clemente.

Attorneys for the golf course and the city could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.


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