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Kenai Chrysler Center, Inc. v. Denison
Alaska Supreme Court
167 P.3d 1240 (2007)
David Denison (plaintiff), a developmentally disabled adult who was under the legal guardianship of his parents, purchased a vehicle from Kenai Chrysler Center, Inc. (Kenai Chrysler) (defendant). After learning of the purchase, David’s mother (plaintiff) immediately informed Kenai Chrysler that David had no legal authority to enter into a contract to purchase the car. In response, the dealership’s manager told her that “the company sold cars to ‘a lot of people who aren’t very smart,’” and refused to take the vehicle back. The Denisons brought suit against Kenai Chrysler seeking a declaration that the contract was void and an injunction to stop further vehicle payments as required by the purchase contract. The trial court granted the Denisons’ motion for summary judgment that the contract was void as a matter of law. Thereafter, a jury found for the Denisons and awarded treble damages under Alaska law. Kenai appealed. The Alaska Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Bryner, C.J.)
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