Darbun Enter., Inc. v. San Fernando Comm. Hosp.Annotate this Case
Darbun filed suit against Mission for breach of a lease agreement, seeking damages and specific performance. In the published portion of the opinion, the court held that, in cases involving mixed issues of equity and law, a trial court may not act as a factfinder on issues it specifically reserves for jury determination. Here, in granting judgment notwithstanding the verdict (JNOV), the trial court improperly transformed its equitable finding of unenforceability as to specific performance into a finding of unenforceability as to the legal issue of damages. In the unpublished portion of the opinion, the court concluded that there was substantial evidence to support the verdict. Accordingly, the court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.