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Aronsohn v. Mandara

Supreme Court of New Jersey
484 A.2d 675 (1984)


Facts

In 1974, the Kawashes contracted with Mandara Masonry Corporation (Mandara) (defendant) to build a patio at the Kawashes’ home. The Aronsohns (plaintiffs) later purchased the home from the Kawashes. In 1978, the Aronsohns noticed that the patio was starting to fall apart. The Aronsohns sued, alleging that Mandara’s allegedly improper construction had breached both express and implied warranties of good workmanship. The trial court found for Mandara. The trial court held that the Aronsohns could not have an express warranty claim because there was no privity of contract between the Aronsohns and Mandara. Further, the trial court held that the implied warranty of habitability did not apply to service contracts like the patio-building contract between the Kawashes and Mandara. Therefore, the Aronsohns could not pursue that claim either. The Aronsohns appealed. Although the appellate court disagreed that this patio-building contract was a service contract, it held that there was no express or implied warranty because there was no privity of contract between the Aronsohns and Mandara. The Aronsohns appealed again.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Schreiber, J.)

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