Austin v Stokes Craven Holding Company

C Steven Moskos

Case Conclusion Date:August 17, 2006

Practice Area:Fraud

Outcome:Jury found for Mr. Austin in the amount of $26,371.10 in actual damages and $216,600 in punitive damages. On appeal, the Supreme Court of South Carolina found that $49,936.50 in trial level fees was also warranted.

Description:Dealership misrepresented prior wreck damage to a 2000 Ford F250 truck. Dealership also forged client's name on the Buyers Guide. On appeal, this case established new law in South Carolina as the SC Supreme Court determined that a consumer can recover actual and punitive damages under a fraud claim and receive attorney's fees under an unfair trade practices claim.