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Woodline Motor Freight, Inc. v. Troutman Oil Co.
Arkansas Supreme Court
327 Ark. 448 (1997)
Lattermore Belcher (defendant) crashed his car into a tractor-trailer driven by an employee of Woodline Motor Freight, Inc. (defendant). The collision caused the tractor-trailer to crash into a gas station owned by Troutman Oil (plaintiff) and leased by Crosland (plaintiff). The building and its contents were essentially destroyed. Troutman Oil and Crosland sued Woodline and Belcher. During the trial, conflicting testimony was presented about whether the gas station building must be torn down, should be torn down, or should be repaired. As a result, the bids for repair or demolition and construction varied substantially. The value of the inventory in the store was presented through a hand-made list from Crosland, based on his belief of the value of each item. After the trial, the jury awarded Troutman $100,000 in property damage and $15,000 in lost profits. The jury awarded Crosland approximately $31,000 for property damage and $24,000 for lost profits. The trial court then held a hearing regarding prejudgment interest and awarded 6 percent interest per annum to both Crosland and Troutman Oil from the date of the crash. Belcher and Woodline appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Arnold, C.J.)
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