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Best Signs, Inc. v. King

Tennessee Court of Appeals
358 S.W.3d 226 (2009)


Facts

Best Signs, Inc. (Best) (plaintiff) wanted to buy a truck. Best contacted a truck dealer named Bobby King (defendant). King sold a truck to Best, but the truck needed some repairs. King agreed to make the repairs at a later date, once he had obtained the necessary parts. Best paid for and took possession of the truck for several months, and then gave the truck back to King to repair. While King was supposed to be making the repairs, King sold Best’s truck to a third-party company called Design Team (defendant). King was arrested and put in jail. Best sued King and Design Team to recover the truck. The trial court entered judgment in favor of Design Team. Best appealed, arguing that King had no legal ability to sell the truck to Design Team because King did not have title to the truck.

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