Sunday, June 1, 2014

Palmer & Cay/Carswell, Inc. v. Condominium/Apartment Ins. Servs., Inc. case brief summary

Palmer & Cay/Carswell, Inc. v. Condominium/Apartment Ins. Servs., Inc. (S.C. 1991)
 
o   Facts
§  CF purchased insurance from Carswell (then acquired by PC)
·         Carswell obtained the policy from CAIS. Col. Penn. Issued the policy.
§  CF requested cancellation of the policy.
§  PC refunds some of the unearned premiums to CF
§  CAIS did not reimburse PC for the refund. Nor did Col. Penn.
§  Col. Penn. did give the reimbursement funds to CAIS though.
§  There was a contract which said explicitly that CAIS is an independent contractor.
·         However, the contract also specified CAIS as having binding authority and that, inter alia, it was appointed Col. Penn’s legal representative and lawful attorney
o   Issue   
§  Whether CAIS was the agent of Col. Penn.
·         One cannot satisfy a debt owed another by paying his or her own agent
o   Holding
§  Question of fact exists as to whether CAIS was the agent of Col. Penn.
·         The fact that you label somebody as an independent contractor does not resolve the issue of whether you are, in fact, an agent

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