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ORLANDO-Julius Erving, executive vice president of Orlando Magic and one of basketball’s all-time greats, is suing Taylor Woodrow Communities, a Sarasota, FL-based subsidiary of London-based Taylor Woodrow plc; U.S. Security Associates Inc. of Roswell; and 24 other defendants in the May 28, 2000 irrigation pond death of his 19-year-old son, Cory Erving.

The Orange Circuit Court civil suit, filed May 28 in Orlando, accuses the defendants of negligence on a road project in the Alaqua Lakes subdivision, a half mile from Erving’s home in Alaqua, a wooded Seminole County community that is home to numerous high-paid sports figures, entertainers and corporate executives.

The suit specifically charges the defendants with failing to instruct construction crews to post barricades, put up danger signs and clear debris from a road project near a retention pond in an undeveloped section of Alaqua Lakes.

Cory Erving’s body was found at the bottom of the pond in his 1999 Volkswagen Passat, five weeks after Julius Erving had started a national search for his son.

The suit seeks unspecified damages over the minimum $15,000 state court threshold. Madison B. McClellan of Stuart, FL is Erving’s lawyer. couldn’t reach any of the defendants at publication deadline. They have 20 days to answer the suit.

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