Attorney James “Skip” Fowler sued the Marriott International, the parent company of Vinoy Golf Club, and its valet operator, 717 Parking Enterprises for giving the keys to his Ferrari to the wrong person.
The attorney was in town for lawyers convention when the incident happened. He reportedly checked in at the hotel at 11a.m. The yellow 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider was trusted to the valet of the club and was parked in a visible location.
The valet apparently became busy around midnight and that’s when a man and a woman in their 20s approached the attendant and asked for the keys to the 570 horsepower Ferrari. According to the attendant, the man “seemed to be impatient” and “demanding.”
The man, identified as Levi Miles, stated that he left the ticket in his Ferrari and got the valet to open the car for him. After he was given the keys to the car, the couple remained seated in the vehicle until the valet employee realized that he isn’t getting a tip and left.
Miles and his passenger drove off in the Ferrari, but were pulled over by the local police shortly thereafter. The police reportedly stopped the supercar, because the driver was having difficulty driving it and the taillights were not working. The police said they found cocaine on top of the center console and arrested the couple.
Tampa Bay Times reports that the lawsuit alleges diminution of value of the stolen Ferrari, and seeks vehicle inspection costs and attorney fees. (Article continued below for mobile devices)
Stolen vehicles are generally reported to publicly available databases, such as Carfax and Autocheck, thus their value is depreciated, just like in case of vehicles with prior accidents or prior rental vehicles.
Even though the future buyer of the vehicle may not know about the fact that the vehicle is stolen, if the seller does not disclose this fact to the buyer, the buyer may have a legal claim against the seller for fraudulent nondisclosure.
If a vehicle that was involved in an accident, was stolen, or was a prior rental, is sold by a car dealer which knowingly fails to disclose this material fact to the buyer, the dealer may be liable for dealer fraud. Needless to say a buyer can sue the car dealership for lying. The buyer can recover the money paid toward the purchase of the vehicle from the dealer. In that case the dealer will not only be responsible for fraud, but also for the buyer’s attorney’s fees and costs.
Although Mr. Fowler’s lawsuit may seem bogus, given the value of the Ferrari, he may have six figure claims against the resort.
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