The Appellate Group

Honnen Equipment v. Daz Management

Honnen Equipment v. Daz Management, 2020 UT App 89 (Appleby, J.)


Honnen Equipment (Honnen) rented machinery to Daz Management (Daz). It filed suit for damages against Daz’s owner, who was found not liable at a bench trial. It thereafter filed suit against Daz. The district court determined the second suit was barred by claim preclusion. The Utah Court of Appeals reversed, holding:

  • The district court erred when it dismissed the second suit. The breach of contract claim in the first suit was never decided on its merits. Instead, the first court decided that the wrong parties were before the court.