Philadelphia, MS asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Louisiana

Q: Can someone file LSARS9:4501 if only a verbal agreement was made for auto repairs and I paid $20k over agreed amount?

I bought a Bronco years ago and my uncle verbally agreed on $14k for full restoration.  Nearly 3 yrs and $34k later, I realize that I am being taken advantage of. I decide to pick up my Bronco and have no further work done.  The work is poor, the paint is covering decades of dirt, and the engine is not running. 3 mo later I was notified that my uncle is suing me for $20k under LSARA9:4501. Jan 2019 he said "We are getting close to completion. I know you hate to hear this again, but $2700 extra is needed for additional parts. This is the last time I promise." April 2019, he asked for additional $2600 to purchase additional parts, promising this is his last time asking for $ that he's weeks away from completion.Each time I pd him. In August, I told him I would be coming to pick up the Bronco. His response was that he needed an additional $14,500 and he would meet me with the Bronco on a trailer (since it wasn't running).  From this bit of information, does his law suit hold any weight?

1 Lawyer Answer
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: An attorney would have to look at the contract, suit and invoices.

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