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$________ Breach of construction contract – Defective work – Abandonment of project – Theft of truck and trailer.

Volusia County, FL

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant was contracted to construct a barn and horse arena, but damaged the plaintiff’s property, abandoned the project and stole the plaintiff’s truck and trailer. The defendant was in default, and not represented at trial. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant falsely represented himself as a licensed contractor, and was hired to build a barn and horse arena on the plaintiff’ property. The total contract price was approximately $________, and the plaintiff paid half of the fee up front with additional compensation in the form of a truck and trailer when the job was finished. The plaintiff testified that he also paid the defendant an additional amount of approximately $________ in cash, for a total in excess of $________ paid to the defendant. However, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant performed defective work building the arena fence, damaged the plaintiff’s property with heavy machinery, and filled a hole with trash before abandoning the project. The plaintiff testified that the defendant also found a spare key to the truck and trailer and took the vehicles without his permission.The jury found for the plaintiff in the amount of $________ for breach of contract, and $________ for the theft claim for a total damage award of $________. Final judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $________ was entered. The plaintiff’s motion for contractual attorney fees is pending.

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