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Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Co.
Citation:121 U.S. App. D.C. 315, 350 F.2d 445
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Thorne and Williams (defendants) purchased several household items from Walker-Thomas Furniture Company (hereinafter “Walker-Thomas”) (plaintiff), for which payment was to be made in installments. Each purchase was governed by a contract that contained a provision where, if the customer defaulted on his or her most recent purchase, then Walker-Thomas could repossess all of the customer’s previously purchased items. Thorne and Williams defaulted on their monthly payments and Walker-Thomas sought to replevy all of Thorne and Williams’s previously purchased items. Thorne and Williams argued that Walker-Thomas’s contracts with its customers were unconscionable.
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