AQUA-CHEM, INC. v. D&H MACHINE SERVICE, INC. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 17, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John B. Dupree, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, D&H Machine Service, Inc.

Attorneys 2:

W. Edward Shipe and Nicholas W. Diegel, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Aqua-Chem, Inc.

Judge(s): SUSANO

Aqua-Chem, Inc. contracted with D&H Machine Service, Inc. for D&H to machine three large, identical pieces of equipment. The piece of equipment is referred to in the record as a “cooler.” The work was not done properly, rendering them unusable. Aqua-Chem sued D&H for breach of contract, seeking damages for the replacement cost of the coolers and for lost profits. Aqua-Chem also sought attorney’s fees and expenses pursuant to the terms of its agreement with D&H. Following a two-day bench trial, the court awarded Aqua-Chem $191,870 in replacement costs, but declined to make an award for lost profits. The court did award Aqua-Chem $50,000 in attorney’s fees and out-of-pocket expenses. D&H appeals. Both sides raise issues. D&H argues that the trial court erred when it held that the terms and conditions of the purchase orders presented to D&H were applicable to the facts of this case. It also argues that the award of damages is not supported by the evidence. Aqua-Chem contends that the trial court erred in refusing to award damages for lost profits. It also asserts that the trial court should have awarded it the full amount of its fees and expenses, the total of which was $64,739.48. We affirm the trial court’s judgment in all respects.

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