Appeals Court Decides Trial Court Abused Its Discretion in Choosing the Method of Determining Damages

BVLaw
Court Case Digests
November 17, 2021
0116 Soybeans
111110 Soybean Farming
economic damages & lost profits
damages, lost profits, expert testimony, valuation methodology

Dettenhaim Farms, Inc. v. Greenpoint Ag, LLC
54,162 (La.App. 2 Cir. 11/17/21)
US
State Court
Louisiana
Court of Appeal
Reynold Minsky; Cecil Jones; Carlton Clark, CPA; Edward Peters
Pitman, Thompson and Robinson, JJ

Summary

In this case alleging damages to a soybean crop, a Louisiana court of appeals determined that the trial court abused its discretion when it chose an expert's methodology for calculating damages, as another methodology was supported by the record and was not overly speculative; a reduced damage award was appropriate. The trial court affirmed two other issues regarding evidence of cause of damages and the issue of standing as to who owned the land and thus the crops.

See Also

Dettenhaim Farms, Inc. v. Greenpoint Ag, LLC

In this case alleging damages to a soybean crop, a Louisiana court of appeals determined that the trial court abused its discretion when it chose an expert's methodology for calculating damages, as another methodology was supported by the record and was not overly speculative; a reduced damage award was appropriate. The trial court affirmed two other issues regarding evidence of cause of damages and the issue of standing as to who owned the land and thus the crops.