Visalia auto shop sued by paint supplier

BASF claims Cesare’s Collision Repair owes them $800,000 for breach of contract in 2014


VISALIA – A Visalia body shop is being sued by a New Jersey paint supplier for more than $800,000 for breach of contract.

BASF Corp. in New Jersey filed the complaint on April 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Cesare’s Collision Repair & Towing Inc., also known as or doing business as Cesare’s Collision Repair Center & Towing, located at 920 E. Center Ave. in Visalia. 

According to the complaint, the BASF sells aftermarket paints, coatings, primers and other items for vehicles and in February 2014 entered into an agreement with Cesare’s. The suit states that the agreement required the body shop to fulfill 100 percent of its minimum purchase requirement of $743,000. BASF alleges that Cesare’s terminated the agreement in June 2014 without any justification, and entered into another agreement with a competitor. BASF also contends that Cesare’s failed to meet its minimum purchase requirements and failed to pay plaintiff. As of last month, BASF claims that Cesare’s hasn’t purchased $1 toward its minimum $743,000 order. BASF is requesting a jury trial and is seeking monetary damages in an amount no less than $823,000, plus interest, costs, fees, and further relief as the court deems just. BASF is represented by Bobbie R. Bailey, Emily K. Doty and Olga G. Pena of Leader & Berkon law firm in Los Angeles.

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