BEAUMONT – On Oct. 5, the Ninth Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment win obtained by Suntrust Bank.

On Appeal, defendants Randall and Deborah Williams1 challenged a trial court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of Suntrust for the balance they owed on a loan obtained to purchase a vehicle, as well as attorney’s fees.

In its suit, Suntrust contended that the Williamses had defaulted by failing to make payments pursuant to the contract, and that the Williamses owed Suntrust

$25,954.28 after all just and lawful offsets, credits, and payments were applied.

Court records show Suntrust filed a motion for summary judgment, which also sought $1,500 in attorney’s fees.

When the trial court granted the motion, the couple appealed arguing the court erred because the affidavits they filed with their response “raised genuine issues of material fact.”

Justices concluded that the affidavits “conclusory, self-serving, and lacking in sufficient factual detail,” the opinion states.

The Williamses are represented by attorney Blair Bisbey.

Suntrust is represented by attorneys Dylan J. Smith and Jody Dewayne Jenkins.

Appeals case No. 09-17-0037

The cause was filed in Jasper County, case No. 35823

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