Bhattal Attached Brief

Bhattal Attached - sent to who Hyatt thought was the correct owners of the property As far as Hyatt was aware the property belonged to the Saudi

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Bhattal v. Hyatt (attached) Issue : Can Bhattal recover for conversion from the Hyatt hotel. Rule : Conversion. 1)intentional 2)dominion or control 3)personal property 4)without consent. Tort - civil wrong. Intentional - mean to. Application : Hyatt entered the room of Bhattal and knowingly took the luggage of the plaintiffs to send to the airport. The Hyatt took control of the Bhattal personal property from their room, and Bhattal no longer had dominion of their goods. The luggage belonged to Bhattal and Hyatt did not have the permission of the Bhattal to remove the luggage from the room and send to the JFK international Airport. Hyatt argues that they had no intent the remove the bags of Bhattal, the bags being removed were from the previous guest. Hyatt may have passed the luggage but due to a computer error it was
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Unformatted text preview: sent to who Hyatt thought was the correct owners of the property. As far as Hyatt was aware the property belonged to the Saudi Arabian flight crew and that is who it was sent to. Since the Saudi Arabian flight crew would like their bags, and Hyatt's computer shows the bags to be theirs, it was not without consent. Conclusion : Yes, Bhattal can recover for conversion from Hyatt, because intentional took the luggage, gained dominion of Bhattals property without consent. Bhattal can recover for compensatory damages that includes emotional distress, lost time on trip, lost wages and any counseling fees incurred. Since conversion is an intentional tort, Bhattal may seek punitive damages from Hyatt....
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2012 for the course BLAW 280 taught by Professor Ng during the Spring '11 term at CSU Northridge.

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