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JOHN M. ROUSE v. WALTER J. LOGAN AND SANDRA G. LOGAN (08/03/79)

filed: August 3, 1979.

JOHN M. ROUSE, INC., APPELLANT,
v.
WALTER J. LOGAN AND SANDRA G. LOGAN, HIS WIFE, AND WALSAN ASSOCIATES, INC.



No. 2393 October Term, 1978, Appeal from Order, in the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Civil Action -- Law No. 201 December Term, 1975

COUNSEL

William McLaughlin, Paoli, for appellant.

Robert J. Shenkin, West Chester, for appellees.

Price, Spaeth and Lipez, JJ. Lipez, J., concurs in the result.

Author: Spaeth

[ 268 Pa. Super. Page 377]

This is an appeal from an order of the lower court granting appellee Sandra Logan a judgment.

The following facts were established at the trial below. Appellant is in the construction business. Appellee and her husband, Walter, are the owners of a house located at 138

[ 268 Pa. Super. Page 378]

Gypsy Lane, Gulph Mills, Montgomery County. On August 28, 1974, appellant dispatched certain construction equipment to the Logan residence. Appellee's husband was on the scene. He instructed an employee of appellant to build a driveway from Gypsy Lane to the residence and two adjoining houses, to cut back a bank behind the residence and grade off some dirt on the left side. The employee testified that this work took about six hours. There was no testimony as to the cost of the work, although another of appellant's employees testified that the charge per day for the equipment used was $275, plus $60 for delivery. Appellant's employees also testified that they returned the next two days and worked on the houses adjoining appellee's and her husband's residence. Appellee and her husband were subsequently billed for the three day job. When they refused to pay, appellant brought suit and a jury entered a verdict against both of them for $1,761.30, or for the full amount, plus interest. The lower court then issued the order that is the subject of this appeal.

In its opinion accompanying the order, the lower court acknowledged that appellee could be held liable for the work done on her home, but said that

[t]he evidence revealed that in fact very little of the work was done on the premises owned by the defendants [appellee and her husband]. At trial there was no proof as to the value of the improvements made on the premises owned by the defendants. For that reason only, Judgment N.O.V. should be entered in favor of the wife-defendant.

Slip op. at 3.

Appellant argues that this statement is inaccurate since there was testimony that six hours were spent on property jointly owned by appellee, so that a substantial portion of the $1,761.30 judgment was properly entered against appellee. We need not decide whether the lower court or appellant has viewed the evidence more accurately, since we affirm the lower court on ...


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