Baker v. Ratzlaff case brief summary
564 P.2d 153 (1977)
Defendant farmer appealed the judgment
of the Finney District Court (Kansas), which found in favor of
plaintiff popcorn buyer in a breach of contract action. The farmer
appealed and asserted that the trial court erred in its finding that
he breached the contract. The popcorn buyer cross-appealed,
contesting the amount of the judgment.
CASE FACTS A popcorn buyer and farmer entered into
a sales contract under which the farmer was to produce the popcorn
and the popcorn buyer was to buy it at certain times for a set price.
After the farmer had delivered two truckloads of popcorn, he
terminated the contract and sold his popcorn to another buyer. The
popcorn buyer filed suit for breach of contract. The trial court
found that the farmer terminated the contract so that he could sell
the popcorn at a better price. The trial court found for the popcorn
buyer and awarded him damages. Both parties appealed.
The court held
that the trial court had properly found that the farmer had breached
the contract because the farmer failed to show that the trial court
relied on extrinsic evidence in making its decision, and the farmer
terminated the contract in bad faith.
The court held that the award
of damages to the popcorn buyer was proper because there was
substantial evidence to support the finding of the trial
CONCLUSION The court affirmed the judgment of the
trial court awarding damages to the popcorn buyer.
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