DAVID BATES D/B/A DAVID BATES CONSTRUCTION CO. v. CAROLINE BENEDETTI (Tenn. Ct. App. March 22, 2011)
David Bates d/b/a David Bates Construction Co. ("Plaintiff") sued Caroline Benedetti ("Defendant") for breach of a construction contract involving demolition of an existing residential garage and construction of a new one. Defendant answered the complaint and filed a counterclaim.
After a bench trial, the Trial Court entered its order finding and holding, inter alia,
(1) that Plaintiff had not proven damages,
(2) that Defendant had failed to comply with Tenn. Code Ann. section 66-36-103 with regard to her counterclaim and, therefore, pursuant to the statute her counterclaim should be abated, and
(3) that Defendant also had failed to give notice and an opportunity to cure pursuant to the common law and that her counterclaim should be dismissed for that reason as well.
Defendant appeals the abatement and dismissal of her counterclaim. We find that Tenn. Code Ann. section 66-36-103 does not apply to the case at hand, but that the Trial Court correctly dismissed Defendant's counterclaim. We, therefore, affirm the Trial Court's order.
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