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Vince v. Wilson

561 A.2d 103 (1989)

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Vince v. Wilson

Supreme Court of Vermont

561 A.2d 103 (1989)

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Facts

Wilson (defendant) provided funding so that her grandnephew could purchase a vehicle. Ace Auto Sales, Inc. (Ace) (defendant) sold the vehicle to Wilson’s grandnephew, and Gardner (defendant) was the salesman. At the time of the purchase, Wilson told Gardner that her grandnephew did not have a driver’s license and that he had failed his driver’s test several times. Wilson also knew that her grandnephew abused drugs and alcohol. Vince (plaintiff) was injured in an accident when he was a passenger in the car driven by Wilson’s grandnephew. Vince sued Wilson, Ace, and Gardner, alleging a cause of action for negligence entrustment. The trial court directed verdicts for Ace and Gardner, and Vince appealed. The jury entered a verdict against Wilson, from which she also appeals.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Mahady, J.)

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