Friday, February 6, 2015

Poppenheimer v. Bluff City Motor Homes case brief summary

Poppenheimer v. Bluff City Motor Homes
658 S.W.2d 106 (1983)

Facts: Poppenheimer purchased a motor home from Bluff City Motor Homes. Delivery of the purchased good was made on June 25, 1983. The purchase included a warranty from the manufacturer of the motor home, General Motors Corp., which stated that they would repair any and everything on the product (with the exception of the tires) for 12,000 or 12 months, whichever came first. After there was a defect found in the home (presumably after the expiration of one of the specified periods of time), Poppenheimer sued both the seller and the manufacturer. The trial court threw the case out on the grounds that the breach of warranty claim was barred on the grounds of being outside of the specified statute of limitations. Poppenheimer appealed, asserting that the statute of limitations for a breach of warranty claim cannot begin to run until the breach of warranty has actually occurred, and that the statute is not based on the date the goods are delivered.

Issue: Did the trial court err in its dismissal of the case on the grounds of the claim being outside of the statute of limitations?
Holding: NO. Affirmed.
Rationale: The court came to the determination that the statute of limitations for a breach of warranty claim begins on the date of delivery, not on the date that the alleged breach actually occurred. Since the warranty covered “defects” stemming from “materials or workmanship”, it obviously depended on the date of delivery because the defect could be known or unknown at that time.

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