THORNTON, Pa. - Janet Milliken, 59, moved from California after husband died, she wanted a fresh start with her two teenage children.
She settled on a home in Thornton, Pa., for $610,000 in June of 2007. A few weeks after she moved in, Milliken learned from a next-door neighbor that a murder-suicide had occurred the year before in the master bedroom of her home.
She sued the seller and the real estate agent for fraud and misrepresentation, saying they made a "deliberate choice not to disclose the home's recent past," according to a court document.
A trial judge granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, saying state law does not require agents to disclose such events.
Milliken filed a petition to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania last week hoping to argue the case further.