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Farmer Wins Combine Lawsuit
An Oregon court has awarded custom combiner Eddie Maughan, of Hermiston. $100,132 in damages in a lawsuit against Allis Chalmers involving three Gleaner N6 rotary combines which Maughan purchased new in June, 1979. He had serious problems with all three machines during the 1979 harvesting season and returned them to the dealership in the spring of 1980. He then sued Allis Chalmers and the company's dealership where he purchased the machines Smith Truck and Tractor, of Pascal, Wash. for close to $300,000 to recover his down payment plus interest, money spent on replacement parts, and for lost custom-combining income. The jury trial, held at Pendleton in the circuit court of Oregon's Umatilla County, began last May 16 and ended June 7. Judge William W. Wells, following the jury's recommendation, awarded Maughan $100,132, which represented his original down payment of $77,772, plus interest at 9% per year from April 1, 1980, to June 10, 1983. Judge Wells also awarded Maughan $30,000 for attorney fees, plus $1,202 in statuatory costs. Maughan was represented by attorney Michael Collins, of Collins and Collins, Pendleton, Oreg.


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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #5