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Fresno auto shop owner alleges former owners have prevented him from operating business


By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 16, 2019

FRESNO – An individual alleges the former operators of his Fresno auto repair shop have prevented him from operating the business and accessing the property.

James Paul Medina filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the Fresno County Superior Court against James "Jim" Medina, Isabel Medina and Does 1 through 20 alleging breach of oral contract and other counts.

According to the complaint, on July 11, 2017, the plaintiff became the owner of an automotive repair shop transferred by the defendants as a gift, which included all equipment, tools machinery and customers' list. In addition, the suit states the plaintiff paid monthly rent for the real property in the amount of $3,500 directly to defendants and began operating as a sole proprietorship. 

The plaintiff alleges in January 2018, he needed to take time away from his business and asked defendant James "Jim" Medina if he could oversee the business operations while he was away. The plaintiff alleges when he returned in February 2018, the defendants prevented him from resuming operations.

The plaintiff holds James "Jim" Medina, Isabel Medina and Does 1 through 20 responsible because the defendants allegedly breached their oral contract by not allowing him to operate his business.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for economic damages of more than $25,000, punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs of suit and such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Henry D. Nunez and Alaina N. Ybarra of Law Office of Henry D. Nunez in Fresno.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 19CECG00018

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