Georgetown couple drops suit over neighbor’s playscape, say they can’t get fair trial

Williamson County

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The next-door neighbors who filed a lawsuit against a Georgetown family over a playscape have dropped the complaint.

BACKGROUND: Georgetown family faces lawsuit over playscape for terminally ill son

According to the attorney for the Gottlieb family — who filed the lawsuit claiming the playscape their neighbors bought for their three-year-old was obstructing their view — an order will be presented to the judge presiding over the case for a signature.

The judge is expected to sign it soon and the Gottliebs’ lawyer says the order should be available this week.

After the story aired the Gottleibs say they received significant backlash and eventually leading them to pull the lawsuit. Rich Gottleib told KXAN that he decided to pull the lawsuit because he was convinced he could not get a fair trial.

“I did not want to drop this because I did not want anybody thinking that it was the bullying that got this changed,” said Gottleib.

The Gottliebs’ neighbors, the Costas, purchased the playscape for their child Colton, who was born with Hurler’s syndrome, a genetic disorder in cells, tissue and organs for which there is no cure.

Kim Costa disputed the Gottliebs’ claims that the playscape violated HOA restrictions. The lawsuit claimed that the 14-foot structure could not be hidden from their view.

To the surprise of the Costas, they received an outpouring of support from their community, when neighbors placed dozens of pink hearts and messages in their front yard.

“The love and support we have is amazing. Thank you to all of you praying for us and thinking of us and supporting us because it means more than I can say. Thank you,” said Costa, looking at the flowers.

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