Pernod vs Green – Case

In this Small Claims arbitration case before me, two sisters, Felicia and Marianne Pernod, are suing Marsha Green for $2,800. The case involved an apartment tenancy and a phony sublease, an eviction and a lot of shouting. The Misses Pernod speak mostly French and some halting English. They testified together, stumbling over and correcting each…

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Pernod vs Green – Decision

I granted an award to the Pernod sisters of $2,800. In my opinion, Ms. Green led the sisters to believe that she had the authority to sublet the apartment to them. It is possible that the sisters will not be able to collect the judgment against Ms. Green. I told the sisters that in that…

Fred’s Hardware vs Hill – Case

In this case before me as an arbitrator in Small Claims Court, a local hardware store is suing an old customer for $3,000. Jake Hill, a plumber, has been buying his parts and supplies from Fred’s Hardware for many years. Jake has a scruffy beard, rough hands and a rougher manner. He wore his work…

Fred’s Hardware vs Hill – Decision

I decided to allow the offset. Robert’s presence behind the counter at the store, coupled with the fact that there had been a pattern of similar dealing between Jake and the father over many years, gave Robert what the law calls “apparent authority” to make the offset deal with Jake. Jake swore to the offset…