WAYNE A. HOWES, ET AL. V. MARK SWANNER, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 17, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jacob P. Mathis, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Mark Swanner and Robin Swanner.

Attorneys 2:

Gregory D. Smith, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Wayne A. Howes and Starlene K. Howes.

Judge(s): BENNETT

Homeowners filed suit for breach of contract and fraud and/or negligent representation against the owners of a restoration business who performed repairs on their house after a fire. When the defendants failed to respond to or appear at the hearing on the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, the trial court granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs. The defendants then filed a Tenn. R. Civ. P. 60 motion and affidavits stating that they did not receive notice of the hearing on the motion for summary judgment. The trial court held a hearing on the Rule 60 motion and denied the motion. Because there is no transcript or statement of the evidence regarding the hearing on the summary judgment motion or on the Rule 60 motion, we must accept the trial court’s findings of fact. We find no abuse of discretion in the trial court’s denial of the plaintiffs’ Rule 60 motion.

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