PRESTIGE LAND COMPANY v. BRIAN MULLINS EXCAVATING CONTRACTORS, INC. (Tenn. Ct. App. October 29, 2010)
Prestige Land Company ("Developer") owned land upon which it intended to build a commercial shopping center. An estimate to complete the project was obtained. Thereafter, the project was opened up for bidding. Brian Mullins Excavating Contractors, Inc. ("Contractor") bid on the project. Although Contractor's bid was significantly lower than the next lowest bid, it was only 10% lower than the estimated costs of construction. Contractor was unaware that it had made a unilateral mistake in its bid. Contractor was awarded the project. Eventually, Contractor was unable to complete the project because it ran out of money due to its unilateral bidding mistake.
Developer sued for breach of contract, and Contractor filed a counterclaim for fraud and other claims. The Trial Court awarded Contractor a judgment for $101,357.05. Finding no clear and convincing evidence of fraud by Developer, we vacate the judgment for Contractor and enter a judgment for Developer in the amount of $128,326.56.
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