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Valencia v. White

Court of Appeals of Arizona
654 P.2d 287 (1982)


Facts

When Valencia (plaintiff) was 17 years old, his father helped establish Valencia in the trucking business. Valencia took one of the truck-tractors to White’s (defendant) shop for repairs. White repaired Valencia’s truck-tractor and billed Valencia for $19,998.76. Over the next few months, Valencia paid White $7,100 resulting in a balance of $12,898.71. When Valencia failed to pay, White claimed a lien against Valencia’s truck-tractor and sought to sell it. Valencia sued White seeking an injunction to prevent the sale of the truck-tractor arguing that the contract should be disaffirmed because of Valencia’s status as a minor. White counterclaimed seeking the money that Valencia owed White. The trial court found that Valencia was a minor and the contract was not for necessities. Therefore, the court disaffirmed the contract and ordered White to pay Valencia the $7,100 that Valencia had paid to White for the repairs to his truck-tractor. White appealed.  

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