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Ed McMahon's Sludge Search

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Ed McMahon's Sludge Search

The toxic mold curse has struck the California home of Ed McMahon, killing the former "Tonight Show" sidekick's dog Muffin and leaving him and his wife Pamela "seriously ill," according to a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit the couple just filed against their insurance company and a contractor hired to clean up the mold.

As this lawsuit excerpt shows, the McMahons claim that their home was invaded by the mold following a pipe burst and a bathtub leak last year. They charge insurance officials and contractors with failing to warn them "of the substantial risk of further and dangerous exposure to toxic mold if they stayed in the house," and claim that workers tried to conceal the growth by painting over visible mold.

The McMahons are seeking $20 million. (7 pages)