The case involved a large subdivision in central Forsyth County built by Pulte during the boom in residential construction that preceded the recession. The plaintiffs contended that Pulte's failure to comply with Best Management Practices (BMP'S) and failure to maintain Pulte's property in a way needed to protect other property owners had caused the plaintiffs' properties to lose value. Among other things, these homeowners appear to have contended that the marketability of their homes and land had been affected by the builder's actions.
The case has been heralded as involving the largest award of damages in Georgia history in a case based erosion and sedimentation due to the responsible party's failure to account for the impact of its storm water runoff. It is uncertain whether this contention is accurate in that other multi-million dollar verdicts regarding erosion and storm water have issued from other juries.
The jury awarded the plaintiffs attorneys' fees and punitive damages in addition to their compensatory damages. The gross amount of the damages award exceeded the property damage claims by a large numerical factor. The case stands for the proposition that jurors value property rights in Georgia, and that even conservative jurors in Forsyth County are not hesitant to issue large verdicts against parties that allegedly fail to take care of their storm water and sediment. Pulte has announced that it will appeal the verdict.