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Tom Growney Equipment v. Ansley

Court of Appeals of New Mexico
88 P.2d 992 (1994)


Jim Ansley (defendant) sold a backhoe on credit to Charles Edwards and retained a security interest it. Edwards brought the backhoe to Tom Growney Equipment, Inc. (Growney) (plaintiff) to be repaired. Growney repaired the backhoe, and Edwards became indebted to Growney for the cost of the repairs. Ansley was not aware of either Growney’s services or the fact that Edwards owed Growney for them. Edwards defaulted on his obligation to Ansley and ultimately failed to pay Growney for the repairs. Ansley repossessed the backhoe from Edwards. Growney sued Ansley for the value of the repair services on the backhoe. The district court entered summary judgment against Ansley on Growney’s claim for quantum meruit damages under a theory of unjust enrichment. Ansley appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Bosson, J.)

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