Beau Townsend Ford Lincoln Inc v. Don Hinds Ford Inc
JUDGMENT in favor of Beau Townsend Ford Lincoln Inc against Don Hinds Ford Inc. Case Terminated. Signed by Judge Thomas M. Rose on 10/16/17. (ep)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
BEAU TOWNSEND FORD LINCOLN, INC.
CASE NO. 3:15-CV-400
JUDGE: THOMAS M. ROSE
MICHAEL J. NEWMAN
DON HINDS FORD, INC.
FINAL JUDGMENT ENTRY GRANTING MONEY JUDGMENT, INTEREST AND
COSTS TO THE PLAINTIFF, BEAU TOWNSEND FORD LINCOLN, INC.
On September 25, 2017, the Court issued a Decision and Entry granting
summary judgment in favor of the Plaintiff, Beau Townsend Ford Lincoln, Inc., on its
breach of contract claim against the Defendant, Don Hinds Ford, Inc., and awarding the
Plaintiff the amount of $736,225.40 (ECF Doc. No. 61). The Court also granted
summary judgment in favor of the Defendant as to the Plaintiff’s other claims.
On October 6, 2017, the Court issued a Decision and Entry (ECF Doc. No. 63)
awarding the Plaintiff prejudgment and post-judgment interest pursuant to Ohio Rev.
Code §1343.03(A). That section provides that a “creditor” is entitled to interest at the
rate per annum determined pursuant to Ohio Rev. Code §5703.47, unless a written
contract provides a different rate of interest in relation to money that becomes “due and
payable”. There is no written contract between the parties in this case. Ohio Rev. Code
§5703.47 provides that the rate per annum shall be equal to the federal short-term rate
on October 15 of the prior calendar year, rounded to the nearest whole number percent,
plus 3%. Referring to the Ohio Department of Taxation’s “Annual Certified Interest
Rates” chart, the interest rate for 2015 was 3.0%, and would apply for the period
October 7, 2015, the date the contract monies became due and payable, through
December 31, 2015. The rate for 2016 was also 3.0%, and would apply from January
1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The rate for 2017 is 4.0% and would apply from
January 1, 2017 through the date of final judgment. Once the prejudgment interest is
calculated, such interest and the principle are added together and become “merged” as
the final judgment amount, and the total amount reflected in the judgment then becomes
subject to the accrual of statutory post-judgment interest. See Mayer v. Medancic, 124
Ohio St. 3d 101, 108 (2009). Under Ohio law, simple interest accrues on an amount
due and payable absent a written agreement to the contrary. Id. at syl. 1, 2. Based
upon the foregoing interest rates, prejudgment interest through October 13, 2017 totals
It is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that judgment is entered in
this matter in favor of the Plaintiff, Beau Townsend Ford Lincoln, Inc., and against the
Defendant, Don Hinds Ford, Inc., in the amount of $786,589.41. The Plaintiff is also
awarded, and the Defendant shall pay, post-judgment interest on the foregoing
judgment amount at the statutory rate until the judgment amount is paid in full. The
Plaintiff is also awarded, and the Defendant shall pay, the Plaintiff’s costs pursuant to
Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d)(1). The Plaintiff shall file a Bill of Costs within forty-five days from
the entry of this final judgment pursuant to Local Rule 54.1. This Judgment Entry is
certified and entered by the Court pursuant to Rule 54(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure. Post-judgment interest will be at the federal statutory rate.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Thomas M. Rose
Judge Thomas M. Rose
United States District Judge
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