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Masonite Corporation v. Williamson
Mississippi Supreme Court
404 So. 2d 565 (1981)
Marie Tate Williamson and W. B. Tate (landowners) (plaintiffs) brought actions for trespass and conversion of timber on their lands. All parties involved in cutting, selling, and purchasing the timber were named as defendants, and the suits were consolidated for trial. The landowners were successful at trial, and two defendants, Masonite Corporation (Masonite) and Hilda Hines appealed. Masonite argued that the correct measure of damages should have been the stumpage value and not the delivered value of the timber. Hines argued that her good-faith mistake of fact regarding the landowners’ property lines negated her ability to form the requisite intent to convert the landowners’ timber.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Patterson, C.J.)
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