Case Synthesis 1 Synthesizing Cases Christy Jennings Kaplan University PA 205-04: Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing Professor Jessica K. Webb April 6, 2011
Case Synthesis 2 Case Synthesis Issues: Whether the handwritten contract between Lotts and Bibe is enforceable based on Mr. Bibe’s intoxication don’t assume facts – we don’t know whether he was intoxicated. at the time he signed and agreed to purchase Lott’s coffee shop. Relevant Statutes: “A person entirely without understanding has no power to make a contract of any kind, but the person is liable for the reasonable value of things furnished to the person necessary for the support of the person or the person’s family”. (Memo) Two rules should have been provided: 1 for the intoxication case, and another for the undue influence cases. Then you should have shown how the court applied the rule of law to each case. I. Intoxication Cases 1. Guidici v. Guidici 2 Cal. 2d 497 (1935) This case involves intoxication voiding a contract by negating contractual capacity. The plaintiff testified that he has been drinking for ten to fourteen days prior to the date of said deed, and that he was so intoxicated that he had no recollection of signing or delivering said deed, or even getting married to the defendant. The trial court found in favor of the plaintiff and the ruling was upheld by the appellate court. This case can clearly be distinguished from the Bibe case because Bibe remembers the events clearly and only later does he decide he wants to get out of the contract.
Case Synthesis 3 2. Phelan v. Gardner 43 Cal. App. 326 (Cal. Ct. App. 1912).
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