EARL FAULKNER, ET AL. v. TOM EMMETT CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (Tenn. Ct. App November 18, 2010)
Earl and Faye Faulkner ("Plaintiffs") hired Tom Emmett Construction Company ("Defendant") to construct a new driveway at their home in Knox County. Plaintiffs refused to pay $8,000 of the total $18,000 contract price because they were dissatisfied with the workmanship of the driveway.
Plaintiffs sued Defendants seeking as damages what it would cost to remove and replace the allegedly defective driveway. Defendant asserted that the driveway was properly constructed and filed a counterclaim for the remaining $8,000 balance owed on the oral contract.
Following a bench trial, the Trial Court concluded that any problems with the driveway were not sufficient to require that it be removed and replaced. Because there was a problem with how the concrete on one portion of the driveway had been poured, the Trial Court required Plaintiffs to pay Defendant only $5,000 of the remaining $8,000 owed on the contract. Plaintiffs appeal. We affirm as modified.
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