Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Rogers v. Jackson case brief

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

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.

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.

  • 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.
The judgment was vacated and remanded for further proceedings.

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