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The cover page is to state your name and student identification number (not your social security number), the date of submission, brief restatement of the assigned question, and the class Honor Code.
The class Honor Code statement is: “I declare and affirm that the work submitted for this assignment is my own work product from my own labor, efforts, and endeavors, and that I did not receive, seek, offer, or accept unauthorized aid or assistance or use of the work product of another, unless otherwise so stated fully and completely herein.”
Welcome. This is the first written assignment in BL 480. Before you begin the assignment, re-read the sections of the course syllabus (see class webpage) dealing with “Written Assignments” to ensure that you understand the format (cover page plus no more than two type-written double spaced pages, content of the cover page, Code of Honor statement, etc.). You will be graded both on your response to the assignment (substance) and on having followed the directions (procedure). The topic is fairly broad but you should be able to cover it adequately. Verbiage will not be rewarded but the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of your response will be. The key is to identify the legal issues, state each issue and then state the general rule of law applicable to each issue. You are not writing an essay or a memorandum to your friend Kyle.
Written Assignment #1: Kyle and his family own a successful produce business near Whitehouse, AL, close to Hamilton. Their produce (fresh and canned vegetables, fruits, condiments, etc.) is sold under their own label, Alabama Sunshine. Kyle raises all of the produce on the family farm and initially only sold it at his local roadside market on Hwy. 278. Kyle’s business has been successful. He has expanded his operations and now his Alabama Sunshine line of produce is in stores throughout western Alabama and parts of Mississippi. Kyle wants to regularly ship product to the larger markets of Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville. For these larger markets, Kyle is considering a contract with a major grocery store chain, Alabama Best Foods, Inc. (ABF). Kyle knows that the grocery store business is cut-throat with a small profit margin and he has heard that ABF is possibly up for sale to a much larger chain, United Nutrition Associates, Inc. (UNA). Kyle is also clearly aware that shipment of his Alabama Sunshine produce, like any sale of perishable goods, has certain inherent problems. Just last week, on a sale or return contract for 12 cases of Alabama Sunshine canned eggplant puree to one of ABF’s stores in Birmingham, several cans were damaged, having leaked out and onto the other cans in that case. Apparently, the cans were damaged during transit. Unfortunately, ABF‘s store manager was so upset that she sent the entire shipment back to Kyle.
This morning Kyle received a call from the ABF headquarters telling him that they wanted Alabama Sunshine produce as a veggie variety pack in all of their Alabama stores in time for Lent. After conferring with her CFO, Candice B. Ritenoff, ABF’s CEO, Marg N. O’Hare, realizes that Kyle’s produce has developed a good following and is a money-maker for ABF, drawing customers into the stores. She immediately calls Kyle, promising to buy all of the veggie variety packs that Alabama Sunshine could produce within the next 20 days and promises to mail a deposit (down payment) of $20,000 that day to “seal the deal”.
Unfortunately, Kyle had decided to kick-back and do an extended tour of the Alabama Gulf Coast and to celebrate Mardi Gras in Mobile where he was looking for new business opportunities. He did not get to talk to ABF’s CEO but did get her message off his office answer machine when he got back to Whitehouse. Kyle immediately called the plant, telling his manager, Scooter, who has just been paroled from a prison in Tennessee, to run production 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to hire more employees to boost production. Kyle promised Scooter a “hefty bonus” if ABF’s needs were met. Kyle also negotiated a contract with UPS, anticipating a need to get the variety packs to ABF as quickly as possible.
When things were looking the brightest, disaster struck. A local crop duster, Don C. Nutton, doing some late season defoliation of a nearby cotton field, misjudged the height of the electric power transmission line supplying the Alabama Sunshine Hamilton plant, clipping the wire and shutting off all power. In the ensuing crash, the defoliant was blown by the prevailing southwesterly wind into the plant, covering all of the production equipment and product. Restoration of electricity and de-contamination of the plant will take at least a week. Kyle is beside himself. In the meantime, ABF’s CEO calls, saying that she is just checking to ensure that the variety packs will arrive on-time at the ABF warehouse in Birmingham for the Lent marketing blitz.
Kyle finished his BBA in accounting from UA several years ago and he vaguely recalls Unit 1 from his BL 480 class, so he understands the basic issues but, as always, Kyle calls you to help him identify and resolve the issues. What advice do you have for Kyle, what are his options, and what issues must be addressed?
Note: As with all Written Assignments This is to be your own work with no help offered, given, or accepted as per our Class Code of Honor.
To help you organize your thoughts, I suggest that you read the fact set; decide which facts are relevant and which are merely verbiage; based on the information in Unit 1, decide which legal information is relevant to the issues; then state the relevant issues and state the relevant law, one at a time. WA1 is loaded with issues both narrow and broad. Focus your attention on those that touch and concern the sale of goods. When you are ready to submit your work as a Word file, use the WA1 Dropbox under Unit 1 Assessment.
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