Racecar buyer alleges fraud

Carol Ostrow Jun. 2, 2015, 8:47am


A Texas man has sued a Connecticut company and two individuals, alleging unlawful trade practices dating to 2007.

David Fowler filed a lawsuit May 27 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against: C3 Racing, doing business as a New England Classic Car Company of Connecticut and doing business in Texas; Marc Evans of Fairfield, Connecticut; and George Squire of Machias, Maine, alleging fraud in a 2007 sale.

According to the complaint, Fowler purchased a specialty vehicle from Evans and C3 in November 2007, and he filed suit Nov. 9, 2009, because the sellers were unable to produce the title. The suit says when the case went to trial Feb. 18, the defendants produced documents alleging a second, separate sale transaction and price among themselves.

Fowler seeks conversion of the certificate of title, along with the case, to the Texas courts, maintaining C3, Evans and Squire wrongfully exercised dominion or control over the car. The suit says he has been damaged because he cannot properly title the car in Texas, use the car, or resell it due to the defendants’ withholding legal ownership subsequent to the plaintiff’s purchase.

The plaintiff cites theft and contends the car’s value is $45,000.

Fowler seeks: declaratory judgment along with actual, exemplary and punitive damages; compensation; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney fees; expenses; and costs.

He is represented by attorney Victor Elgohary of Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number: 4:15-cv-01421

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