American General Financial Services, Inc. v. Woods-Witcher
Georgia Court of Appeals
669 S.E.2d 709 (2008)
Shirley Woods-Witcher (defendant) obtained a loan from American General Financial Services, Inc. (American General) (plaintiff) to buy a car and gave American General a security interest in the car. Woods-Witcher defaulted on the loan. Accordingly, American General repossessed the car. Thereafter, American General sent Woods-Witcher a notice of its intent to sell the car at a public auction no earlier than December 5, 2002. The notice indicated that Woods-Witcher could attend the sale and bring bidders if she wanted to. American General ultimately sold the vehicle on May 22, 2003, for $2,400 at a private dealer-only sale. American General applied the proceeds to Woods-Witcher’s indebtedness and sued Woods-Witcher to recover the approximately $20,000 deficiency. Woods-Witcher filed a counterclaim against American General seeking statutory damages and alleged that American General had provided insufficient notice of the sale. American General moved for summary judgment on its claim, which the trial court denied. Woods-Witcher moved for summary judgment on her counterclaim, which the trial court granted. American General appealed and argued that the trial court had erred in ruling that American General was not entitled to seek a deficiency judgment against Woods-Witcher.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Phipps, J.)
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