Letter shows parties in settlement negotiations in suit over defective boat

David Yates Oct. 18, 2013, 8:33am

A Rule 11 Agreement shows that parties in litigation over the sale of an alleged defective boat are at least in the process of settlement negotiations.

As previously reported, Beaumont local John Reed Jr. filed suit against Alumacraft Boat and Dingo Group on Feb. 7 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging that he has encountered numerous defects with the boat he purchased from the defendants.

Court records show a letter and Rule 11 Agreement was filed Sept. 5, stating that the parties have encountered delays during settlement negotiations, agreeing to halt additional discovery for a week. 

According the lawsuit, on Aug. 12, 2010, Reed purchased a 2010 Alumacraft boat from Pete Jorgensen Marine for approximately $21,995.

“Since purchase, the boat has encountered an excessive number of defects, including … issues with the boat’s transom … and hull,” the suit states. “The boat has been in the shop in excess of 60 days.”

The suit accuses the defendants of deceptive trade practices.

Reed is suing for actual damages, loss of use, diminished value and attorney’s fees.

Louisiana attorney Richard Dalton represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E193-903

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