DALE GRIMES D/B/A MADISON STREET MOTORS v. WILLIAM H. HANCOCK - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joshua G. Offutt, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William H. Hancock.

Attorneys 2:

W. Timothy Harvey, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dale Grimes d/b/a Madison Street Motors.

Judge(s): CANTRELL

The defendant ran off the road and struck an expensive vehicle on a used car lot. The lot owner sued the defendant for the damages to the vehicle plus the lost profits he would have made with the proceeds of the sale if the accident had not happened. The trial Court awarded the plaintiff $10,482.12, plus prejudgment interest at 5% per year from the date the vehicle was sold at wholesale in a damaged condition. The Court did not make any findings as to the basis for the award. The defendant asserts on appeal that the plaintiff failed to mitigate his damages. The plaintiff assigns as error the trial Court’s failure to award him more damages for his lost profits. We hold that the plaintiff did not make a case for lost profits or the before and after retail value of the automobile. We reduce the award to $4,766.47, the estimated cost of repairs to the vehicle and we reverse the award of prejudgment interest.

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