Judge rules favor purchase disputes

Auction house Tattersalls has won a lawsuit against trainer Tom George and bloodline agent Alex Elliott over the controversial purchase of L Cos at the November 2019 Horses in Training sale in Newmarket.

Last month, the City and Mayor’s Court of London heard three days of evidence and Judge Hellman took two hours on Tuesday morning to deliver his ruling that George and Elliott must jointly pay more than 95,000 Pounds for Tattersalls. Costs will be determined at an adjourned hearing.

Elliott contracted the 3-year-old foal then left Andrew Balding’s yard at George’s instructions but subsequent veterinary tests performed shortly after the sale indicated breathing problems. .

Following an extensive investigation into Laries’ breathing conducted by veterinarians on George’s orders and in accordance with the Tattersalls dispute procedure, the horse was sent back to Newmarket eight days later to undergo two series of tests. pre-screened a ‘wind panel’ of three veterinary experts.

The jury watched and listened to Laries exercise on Warren Hill before undergoing an endoscopic examination at a nearby stable.

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Although all three veterinarians found substantial evidence of laryngeal hemiparesis – a condition that restricts airflow – during Laries’ scoping, they independently concluded that the horse made no noise as it galloped past them on Warren Hill.

Judge Hellman pointed to both Tattersalls’ conditions of sale and what he described as “broad expert opinion” supporting the view that both tests need to fail in order for a buyer to be deemed a buyer. can return a horse.

The judge placed considerable weight on the evidence presented by Dr Bruce Bladon, who was presented as an expert witness by the plaintiff’s legal team and who spoke out strongly in favor of the need It is essential to observe a horse emitting “typical respiratory noises” as well as showing evidence of “laryngeal dysfunction.”

Bladon also argues that head carriage can also play an important role in whether a horse makes noise and that riding exercise is more reliable than cycling exercise – trial executed shortly after the sale following Elliott’s instructions revealed “an inspirational whistle.”

The judge made a clear distinction with some of the evidence provided by the defense’s veterinary specialist.

The hearing also spent a long time looking at the Tattersalls’ conditions of sale, which the defense tried to argue were subject to a series of implied terms and that they were “too hard” to come up with. return book.

While accepting the defense’s observations that the conditions of sale differed from those of other sellers, the judge described Tattersalls’ rules as “uncomplicated”, “striking a balance between the seller’s interests and buyer,” and “expressed in plain English.”

Elliott’s defense sought to argue that in the event the payment was still due, George was solely responsible because (Elliott) was acting on behalf of the trainer only.

The judge decided that in the absence of a pre-signed power of attorney, the two men were jointly and severally liable for the sale as stated in condition 5.4 of the terms of sale, and that the relationship The long business relationship between the two was proof that George was “based on the knowledge and experience” of Elliott.

Once costs and interest rates have been agreed at the adjournment session, the financial burden of the defendants is most likely to exceed £100,000, although in February 2020 the Tattersalls resold Luality for a lower price. much more than the original sale price to continue his career with Ado McGuinness, for whom he failed to win in 25 starts.

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<p>L Cozy in the ring at Tattersalls February Sale 2020</p>
<p>In a statement, Tattersalls chief marketing officer Jimmy George welcomed the court’s ruling.</p>
<p>“We are pleased that the judge ruled in favor of Tattersalls and upheld the integrity of our conditions of sale. Mr. George gave his opinion on the terms and conditions and our related procedures.</p>
<p>“His views were fully considered by the court during the three-day trial and all defenses raised by Mr. George were dismissed by the judge.</p>
<p>“Tattersalls’ terms of sale have always been carefully calibrated to strike a fair balance between the rights of buyers and sellers, and we are pleased that the court has upheld them.</p>
<p>“It should be noted that the judge specifically referenced the article published in Equine Endoscopy written by renowned veterinarians Deirdre Carson and Sidney Ricketts. and seller.'”</p>
<p>The statement continued: “The court also found that the Tattersalls correctly adjudicated the dispute between the two parties with the assistance of an independent wind panel consisting of three experienced veterinarians, all of whom were admitted together. most valued equine veterinarian.”</p>
</p></div><p>https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/255573/judge-rules-in-favor-of-tattersalls-in-purchase-dispute Judge rules favor purchase disputes</p>
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