Brief Fact Summary. The Grocers Supply Co., (Appellant), brought suit against Intercity Investment Properties, (Respondent), in order to determine its rights to property that Respondent seized pursuant to a county court turnover order.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The right of a prior perfected creditor to take possession of its collateral is superior to any right of a mere judgment creditor and the prior perfected secured creditor may regain possession of the collateral from an officer who has levied on the property at the direction of a judgment creditor. A secured creditor may maintain an action for conversion against one who exercised unauthorized acts of dominion over the property to the exclusion of the creditor’s rights.
Whether the right of a prior secured creditor to take possession of its collateral was superior to the right of a judgment creditor therefore allowing the prior secured creditor to regain possession of the collateral from the judgment creditor.
Whether the judgment creditor who moves on a property must reimburse the prior secured creditor for transportation and storage costs incurred in recovering the collateral.
Yes. The right of Appellant, as a prior secured creditor to take possession of its collateral was superior to the right of Respondent, a mere judgment creditor, and Appellant could regain possession of the collateral from the constable who had levied on the property.
Yes. Respondent’s action caused Appellant to incur the additional expense in order to recover its collateral and therefore must reimburse Appellant those costs.
This appeal presents the question whether a secured party, upon default by a debtor, may recover possession of a chattel by replevin from a sheriff who has taken possession thereof under execution.View Full Point of Law