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Advantage Self Storage Sued Over Damage to Historical Documents


Last week the North Texas History Center (NTHC) filed a lawsuit against Advantage Self Storage in McKinney, Texas, for flood damage to historic documents and artifacts it had stored at the facility.
NTHC Senior Curator Bryan Lean rented two units at the storage facility in March 2009. In December, the organization received a call from Advantage indicating there was a leak in the units. According to the organization’s petition, an inspection of the unit contents revealed the damage of thousands of historic documents. A civil suit against the storage facility was filed in the 380th District Court of Collin County.

The lawsuit wages several charges against Advantage, claiming the facility broke the rental contract by not keeping the NTHC units safe from water intrusion. It accuses the company of “deceptive trade practices” and claims Advantage acted fraudulently and negligently in the transaction.
The suit does not specifically identify any of the damaged items or disclose their monetary worth. It seeks damages with interest as well as court and attorney’s fees. NTHC has requested that the case be heard by a jury.
Source: Star Community Newspapers, NTHC files civil suit over destroyed documents, artifacts 
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