Parties found to have entered into oral contract for restoration of classic car

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Mike Halstead (“Halstead”) filed a complaint in Marion Superior Court against Gilbert Bridgewater d/b/a Gil’s Machine Service (“Bridgewater”) alleging that Bridgewater breached his oral contract with Halstead. The trial court entered a judgment in favor of Halstead, but subsequently granted Bridgewater’s motion to correct error after concluding that the parties never had a meeting of the minds. Halstead appeals and argues that the trial court abused its discretion when it granted Bridgewater’s motion to correct error.

Conclusion (slip op. at 6):  We conclude that the trial court abused its discretion when it granted Bridgewater’s motion to correct error and determined there was no “meeting of the minds.” We therefore reverse the trial court’s judgment granting the motion to correct error and direct the trial court to reinstate its prior judgment.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 6):  The testimony establishes that the parties entered into a contract for the restoration of the Chevelle. The parties agreed that Halstead would pay $12,000 to Bridgewater for labor and that Halstead would purchase and provide to Bridgewater the parts required for the restoration.

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