Repossessed Cadillac subject of lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Sep. 20, 2010, 4:22pm

A Port Arthur man has filed suit against the owner of the company where he purchased his Cadillac, saying the company wrongly repossessed his vehicle.

Ivory Milton claims Danny Martin, owner of Martin Motors in Beaumont, repossessed his 2006 Cadillac DTS after demanding $900 from Milton that he refused pay.

Instead of the $900 Martin alleges Milton owed him, Milton claims he only owed $162.40. Milton had paid off $15,966.75 of his $16,125 balance after an insurance company deemed his vehicle a total loss following an accident, according to his complaint filed Sept. 14 in Jefferson County District Court.

When Martin demanded the $900 from Milton, Milton requested Martin explain how he reached the balance, the suit states. However, Martin refused to do so and repossessed the Cadillac a short time later, the complaint says.

As a result of the vehicle's repossession, Milton claims he has lost earnings, suffered mental anguish and incurred attorney's fees.

In his complaint, Milton alleges breach of contract, unfair debt collection and violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act against Martin.

He seeks a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Antoine L. Freeman of Port Arthur will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A188-268

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