Wong v. StolerAnnotate this Case
The Wongs bought a hillside home in San Carlos for $2.35 million from the Stolers. Several months after they moved in, the Wongs discovered that they and 12 of their neighbors were connected to a private sewer system and were not directly serviced by the city’s public system. Believing they had been deceived, they sued the Stolers and the real estate agents who brokered the sale alleging various claims, including rescission. After the Wongs settled their dispute with the real estate agents for $200,000, a trial was held on the rescission claim only. Although the court found that the Stolers, with reckless disregard, made negligent misrepresentations to the Wongs, it declined to effectuate a rescission , but ordered the Stolers to be, for a limited time, indemnifiers to the Wongs for sewer maintenance and repair costs exceeding the $200,000 they obtained in their settlement with the agents. The court of appeal reversed, finding that the trial court declined to effectuate a rescission of the contract based on incorrect justifications and that its alternative remedy failed to provide the Wongs with the complete relief to which they were entitled.