Annapolis 'Snake house' case may go to trial

Posted at 1:47 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 13:47:52-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A lawsuit that says a Maryland real estate agent knowingly sold an Annapolis house infested with snakes could be headed to trial.

The Capital reports court records show that a mediation session on Sept. 14 failed to resolve the dispute.


In April, Jeff and Jody Brooks sued Barbara Van Horn of Champion Realty Inc. and her mother, Joan Broseker, over the purchase of the home.

The couple bought the house in December 2014 and four months later found it to be infested with black rat snakes. The Brookses' lawsuit seeks $2 million or to rescind the purchase of the home.

In June, Van Horn's attorney, Barbara Palmer, asked the court to throw out the lawsuit because mediation hadn't taken place.

Attorneys for both parties declined comment to the newspaper.