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ARTICLE ID 12416

Alleged negligent failure to safeguard car stored at garage for repairs - Bailment - Loss of automobile.

Danbury Judicial District, Conn.

The plaintiff contended that his car was stolen from the defendant’s lot as a result of the defendant’s negligence in failing to safeguard the vehicle. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant’s possession of the vehicle constituted a bailment.

The plaintiff had left his car with the defendant’s automotive department so that repair work could be performed on the vehicle.

While parked in the defendant’s outdoor lot, the car was stolen.

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant was liable for the loss of the car.

The defendant denied liability, alleging that the plaintiff was on notice that his car would be left overnight in an open lot.

The plaintiff claimed damages equivalent to the value of the car, estimated at $________. The defendant offered $________ in settlement.

The jury found for the defendant.

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