from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas C.P.C. No.
Chang, pro se.
Critchett, LLC, and E. Ray Critchett, for appellees.
1} Ching Chang, plaintiff-appellant, appeals from
the judgment of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, in
which the court granted the motion for judgment on the
pleadings filed by Time Warner Cable ("TWC") and
Stat Communications Company ("Stat"),
2} As alleged in appellant's complaint, TWC was
to place 152 feet of cable/conduit underground in the rear of
properties from 114 to 120 Spring Creek Drive. Appellant owns
a property near this location at 125 Gibson Place. The city
of Westerville ("city") issued a permit to TWC for
the "125 Spring Creek Drive" project. TWC hired
Stat to perform the directional drilling on October 25, 2015.
3} The complaint alleged that an overnight rain
occurred on October 27, 2015, and on the morning of October
28, 2015, the tenant renting appellant's property
reported the basement was flooded with sewage. Appellant
contacted the city and a private plumbing company, Waterworks
Company ("Waterworks"), to investigate the source
of the problem.
4} Waterworks performed an inspection and discovered
the sewage pipe for 125 Gibson Place was blocked at the
northwest corner of the rear yard of 99 Gibson Place. The
city reported similar findings to appellant the next day,
finding there was a blocked private sanitary sewer lateral
along the property line of a neighboring property, 99 Gibson
5} On October 30, 2015, Waterworks undertook the
repair of the sewer. Waterworks discovered broken clay pipe,
electrical steel conduit crossing the open area, a broken
clay riser, and loose soil. Appellant alleged in his
complaint that Stat had broken the sewer pipe while burying
the cable and blocked the sewer line.
6} Appellant hired a private company to dry and
clean his basement. Appellant alleged in his complaint that
he sent demand letters ...