In 1983, Steven Donohue (defendant) bought a house and property from Betty Lou Wood (plaintiff) pursuant to an installment contract. The property was near a uranium plant. In 1985, a class-action suit was filed against the uranium plant. Donohue and Wood each filed claims as part of the suit. The suit settled, and pursuant to the settlement, the owner of the Wood/Donohue property was entitled to almost $10,000. The payouts under the settlement were determined based on the value of affected properties as of December 18, 1984. Wood brought suit against Donohue, claiming that she was entitled to a portion of the settlement payment equal to the portion of the property for which Donohue had not yet paid under the terms of the installment contract. The trial court agreed with Wood and entered judgment in her favor. Donohue appealed.