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Ballard v. Wetzel

1997 Tenn. App. LEXIS 699 (Oct. 16, 1997)

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Ballard v. Wetzel

Tennessee Court of Appeals

1997 Tenn. App. LEXIS 699 (Oct. 16, 1997)

Facts

Mrs. Ballard (plaintiff) got into an accident, totaling her car. Without Ballard’s knowledge, at some point her son, Tyrone, took the remaining hull of the car and sold it to George Martin. Martin was unaware that Tyrone did not have good title to sell. Johnny Wetzel (defendant) purchased the hull from Martin for $900. Wetzel then spent approximately 100 hours and $5,000 restoring the car. After Wetzel’s restoration, the car had a market value of approximately $7,950. Ballard sued Wetzel to recover the car. The trial court ruled that Wetzel had acquired good title to the car by accession. Ballard appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Franks, J.)

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