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Mieske v. Bartell Drug Co.
Washington Supreme Court
92 Wash. 2d 40, 593 P.2d 1308 (1979)
Edwin Mieske (plaintiff) took film he had made of his family over the years to Bartell Drug Co. (defendant) to have the reels spliced together into one larger film. Bartell either lost or destroyed the film, and Mieske sued for damages. Mieske asked the court to instruct the jury to award damages in the amount of $7,500, which Mieske stated was the value of the film to him. Bartell argued that damages should be limited to the replacement value of new film. The court ruled in Mieske’s favor, and Bartell appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brachtenbach, J.)
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