Website users help Delaware man defend lawsuit over his garage

Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 13:42:38-04

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. -- Over $40,000 has been raised online to help a Delaware man fight a legal battle against his neighbors.

In 2007, Charles Williams sold off a parcel of property and used the money to build a large garage structure next to his home.  Since then he has opened the well-equipped garage to friends as a place to work on their vehicles at no charge.

But that hasn't sat well with the neighbors that live on the property purchased from Williams.  They claim it's a code violation to operate a garage on the property, and filed a lawsuit against him in 2014, according to the Cape Gazette.

The lawsuit has been costly to both parties.  The neighbors say they've spent well over $40,000 filing the suit, while Williams says he's spent over $30,000 and counting to defend himself.

The neighbors claim they'll stick with the case. “We are going to go to the supreme court because this harms everybody,” Margaret Foulke said. “This has been nonenforcement from day one.”

This week a video from the newspaper was posted on the website Reddit, where many readers voiced strong support for Williams, who had both legs amputated above the knee following a freak construction accident years ago.

Since then, a GoFundMe account that was started to help Williams has raise over $40,000 in two days.