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Coghlan v. Wellcraft Marine Corp.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
240 F.3d 449 (2001)
The Coghlans (plaintiffs) purchased an Aquasport 205 from Wellcraft Marine Corporation (defendant). The Aquasport 205 was a type of recreational fishing boat that Wellcraft advertised as having an all-fiberglass construction. Generally, all-fiberglass boats have superior rot resistance and durability and retain value better than wood-fiberglass hybrids. However, the Coghlans discovered that a portion of the boat was partially made with plywood encased in fiberglass. The Coghlans then sued Wellcraft, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract. The trial court dismissed the complaint, finding that the Coghlans had failed to allege any real damages. The Coghlans appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Jones, J.)
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