Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture (1965)
|Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture (1965)|
|Court||US of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit|
|Date decided||August 11, 1965|
|Overturned||Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture (1964)|
|Followed||Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture (1964)|
Walker-Thomas was a rent-to-own retailer. He considered all payments made by his customers rental payments until the items were paid for in full.
Customer's maintained a cumulative balance of all their items. If a customer purchased a $800 item while still having a $50, then all the customer's purchases would have been regarded as un-paid.During the period from 1957 to 1962, Ms. Williams had purchased furniture and appliances from Walker-Thomas.
Ms. Williams lost in Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture (1964).
Walker-Thomas also sued another customer seeking to re-possess (writ of replevin) "rented" items because these customers hadn't paid in full under the "cover-all provision" that required all items to have been paid for.The DC Court of General Sessions ruled against the customers including Ms. Williams. Next, the Appellate Court affirms.
A contract is unconscionable if it
- leaves 1 party without a meaningful choice, &
- includes terms & conditions that unreasonably favor the other party.