Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Rogers v. Jackson case brief

Rogers v. Jackson case brief summary
804 A.2d 379 (Me. 2002)

CASE SYNOPSIS
Defendant borrower appealed a grant of summary judgment by the District Court, Belfast (Maine), in favor of plaintiff lenders on their claim for enforcement of a promissory note, claiming that his payment obligation under the note was subject to an unfulfilled oral condition.

CASE FACTS
After the borrower did not make any payments to the lenders pursuant to a written promissory note. The borrower contended that, pursuant to an oral agreement between the parties, he would pay only if and when he was able.

DISCUSSION
  • The state supreme court held that the borrower's statement of material facts was not procedurally defective under Me. R. Civ. P. 56(h)(2). 
  • It complied with the parol evidence rule, as the agreement was only partially integrated. 
  • The agreement imposed no contractual duties on the lenders. 
  • The existence of the oral condition was, thus, a question of fact. Finally, Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code applied, as it was a negotiable instrument that was conditionally delivered and was supplemented by a separate agreement, pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. title 11, §§ 3-1104(1), 3-1105(2), 3-1117 (1995). 
  • Therefore, summary judgment was inapplicable.
CONCLUSION
The judgment was vacated and remanded for further proceedings.


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