Appeal from the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for Madison County. The Hon. Brent J. Moss, District Judge.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Eismann, Chief Justice
The judgment of the district court is vacated.
This is an appeal from a judgment dismissing a claim for negligence in performing electrical work that caused a fire resulting in substantial damage to a restaurant and its contents. The district court dismissed this action on the ground that the claim was for purely economic damages and was barred by the economic loss rule. We vacate the judgment and remand for further proceedings.
I. FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Brian and Christie, Inc., d/b/a Taco Time, (Taco Time) owns and operates a Taco Time restaurant in Rexburg. In 1998, it engaged a general contractor to remodel the restaurant. The general contractor hired Leishman Electric, Inc., (Subcontractor) to perform the electrical work.
Taco Time purchased two used neon signs, transformers, and wiring from a third party and contracted with a sign company to install them. That company repaired and rewired one of the signs and installed both of them, including the transformers, on the restaurant building. It did not properly ground one of the signs, and one of the transformers lacked secondary ground fault protection in violation of the National Electric Code. The sign company did not connect the signs to electrical power.
After the signs were installed, Subcontractor connected them to electrical power. Prior to doing so, it did not check the wiring performed by the sign company nor did it check to determine whether the transformers complied with the Electric Code. After Subcontractor connected the signs and transformers to electrical power, they caused a fire that resulted in substantial damage to the building and its contents.
Taco Time filed a lawsuit against the sign company and Subcontractor. It amended its complaint to drop Subcontractor as a party and ultimately settled the lawsuit against the sign company. It then filed this lawsuit against Subcontractor on October 2, 2006.
On June 5, 2007, Subcontractor moved for summary judgment on the ground that the economic loss rule barred recovery against it on a negligence cause of action. The district court granted the motion, and Taco Time filed a motion for reconsideration. Several days later, it filed a motion to amend its complaint. The district court denied both motions and entered a judgment dismissing the complaint. Taco Time timely appealed.
A. Did the district court err in holding that Taco Time's cause of action was barred by the economic loss rule?
B. Did the district court err in denying Taco Time's motion to amend its complaint?
C. Is Taco Time entitled to recover prejudgment interest?
D. Is Taco Time entitled to recover attorney ...