Justia Commercial Law Opinion SummariesArticles Posted in Idaho Supreme Court - Civil
Schroeder v. Partin
This case arose from a contract for services between Defendant Erik Partin and Plaintiff Cody Schroeder under which Defendant assembled a specialty car engine for Plaintiff. A jury returned a verdict finding that Defendant assembled the engine improperly and breached the agreement which contained a liquidated damages clause. The district court granted Defendant's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), holding that no reasonable jury could find the liquidated damages clause to be valid. The court also awarded attorney fees to both parties. Plaintiff appealed the grant of JNOV and the award of attorney fees to Defendant. Upon review of the trial record, the Supreme Court found there was substantial evidence to support the jury's determination that the performance agreement was enforceable. Therefore, the Court vacated the trial court's grant of JNOV and reversed the lower court's order granting attorney fees to the parties. The Court remanded the case for further proceedings, and awarded attorney fees on appeal to Plaintiff.