JD Howlette Law defends military veteran in legal battle against property restoration company
Counterclaim alleges unfair and deceptive trade practices on the part of property restoration company.
November 9, 2023
TAMPA, Florida – We recently entered an appearance on behalf of Brenda Elze, a military veteran and single mother of two, in her legal battle against CRDN (DKM Cleaners LLC). The property restoration company charged Ms. Elze a staggering $127,000 to allegedly clean and restore her personal belongings following the destruction of her home caused by Hurricane Ian. After receiving $90,000 from Ms. Elze's insurance providers, CRDN then filed a lawsuit in Manatee County Court to recover the additional $37,000 from Ms. Elze. In response, we filed a counterclaim against CRDN that alleges unfair and deceptive trade practices, as well as a third-party complaint for negligence against Ms. Elze's insurance providers, Swyfft LLC and Clear Blue Insurance Company.
After Hurricane Ian devastated Ms. Elze's home in Tampa, Florida, in 2022, she filed a claim with her insurance providers, Swyfft and Clear Blue Insurance Company. In connection with the claim, Swyfft paired Ms. Elze with CRDN to clean and restore her damaged property. Unbeknowst to Ms. Elze, however, CRDN charged for services that fell far outside the scope of their agreement, culminating in a bill for $127,000. A dispute then arose over the scope and cost of services provided by CRDN, as well as oversight issues with Ms. Elze's insurance providers, Swyfft and Clear Blue Insurance Company.