Civil Jury Protects Small Business
On June 11, 2015, a Midland County jury found unanimously in favor of Aranda
Pools, Inc. and against Midland oilman David Arrington. Arrington had
sued Aranda for breach of contract and breach of warranty arising from
Aranda's construction of a beautiful $592,000 backyard swimming pool.
Arrington wanted to tear out and rebuild the pool.
Arrington sought damages of $900,000 plus attorney's fees making his
total damage claim over $1.2 million. Aranda counter claimed for breach
of contract to pay the full contract price. After an eight day trial, the jury
found in favor of Aranda and against Arrington. The jury awarded Aranda
$77,000 in actual damages (the balance owed under the contract) and $300,000
in attorney's fees. The case was a bet-the-company case with Aranda's
future dependent on a successful outcome.
On June 29, 2015, the court entered judgment for Aranda and awarded all
damages and fees as found by the jury.
Aranda was represented by Joe L. Lovell, partnering attorney at Lovell,
Lovell, Isern & Farabough.