L. Miles Sheffer (plaintiff), a licensed architect, was hired to provide architectural services for the design and construction of five school buildings. Sheffer entered an agreement with John G. Mauldin (defendant), a registered professional mechanical engineer, under which Mauldin was to provide engineering plans and specifications for the five school buildings. The plans and specifications provided by Mauldin were rejected because they violated the laws of physics and the rules and regulations governing the project. As a result, Sheffer had to employ another engineer to supply new plans and specifications, and lost the opportunity to work on other school projects he had previously secured. Sheffer sued Mauldin, alleging that Mauldin had used plans and specifications from his previous projects that were unsuitable for Sheffer’s project. Sheffer claimed negligence and aggravated tortious conduct, and sought $500,000.00 in punitive and exemplary damages. Mauldin filed a general demurrer to the petition. The trial court overruled the demurrer. Mauldin appealed.