$60,000 – Damage to Auto & Loss of Use (Auto Valued at $20,000)
$17,000 – Award of Attorneys’ Fees
$250,000 – Punitive Damages
Auto repair sole proprietorship claiming to be a "pure trust" filed action and claimed materialman and possessory lien for repairs to auto; consumer counterclaimed for unlawful repair charges and lien fees, unfair and deceptive trade practices and punitive damages; Judgment on counterclaim of $20,000 trebled to $60,000 and attorneys’ fees of $17,000; Jury verdict of $350,000 on punitive damage claim reduced to $250,000; Fraudulent Deeds of Trust and transfer of assets to "Pure Trusts"; consumer/creditor put Plaintiff/debtor into Involuntary Bankruptcy; Trustee appointed; Fraudulent Deeds of Trusts and transfers to be set aside and sale of assets by trustee; Settlement of $360,000.
Damage to auto and loss of use for over one year while Plaintiff held the auto of $20,000.00 (trebled) to $60,000.00 and award of attorney fees of $17,000.00; punitive damage verdict of $350,000.00 reduced to $250,000.00
Partial Summary Judgment and trial in District Court and settlement in Bankruptcy Court.
Burton v.Hobbs, 00-CVD-5450 (Mecklenburg County); In re: Burton, 02-3259 (W.D.N.C.)
Thomas L. Odom Jr., The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte.