Bond v. A.H. Belo Corp.

Texas Court of Appeals

602 S.W.2d 105 (Tex. App. 1980)

Damages for the sentimental value of personal property are recoverable if the primary value of the personal property is in sentiment.

Relevant Facts

Becky Bond (the plaintiff) let a writer for The Dallas Morning News (the defendant) take temporary possession of several family photographs, birth records, and other important documents to help the writer with a news story on which she was working. Subsequently, the writer lost the documents and the plaintiff brought suit seeking damages. The parties stipulated that the actual value of the documents was $2,500, and that the sentimental value of the documents was much greater. The plaintiff sought to recover the sentimental value of the documents. The trial court awarded only the actual value of the papers and photographs to the plaintiff and the plaintiff appealed.

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Last updated:

December 29, 2020

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Citations

602 S.W.2d 105 (Tex. App. 1980)