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Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Co.
Citation:United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuity, 1965. 350 F.2d 445.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Walker-Thomas Furniture Co. (Defendant) was a retail furniture store in the District of Columbia. Williams (Plaintiff) purchased a stereo set and numerous house-hold items from the defendant, for which payment was to be made in installments. The terms of each purchase were contained in a printed form that set forth the value of the purchased item and stated that the item would be leased to the plaintiff for a stipulated monthly rent payment. The contract also included a provision whereby every time a new item was purchased, the balance would be due on all previously leased items by the customer. This meant that if the customer defaulted on their most recent purchase, the the defendant could repossess the item. Defendant routinely entered into such agreements with its customers. The plaintiff defaulted on her payments to defendant, and Walker brought suit to recover the amount of the stereo as well as other items the plaintiff had purchased.
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