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Nilde Delgado 9.4 Business Ethics Loren Vranich, a doctor practicing under the corporate name Family Health Care, P.C., entered into a written employment contract to hire Dennis Winkel. The contract provided for an annual salary, insurance benefits, and other employment benefits. Another doctor, Dr. Quan, also practiced with Dr. Vranich. About nine months later, when Dr. Quan left the practice, Vranich and Winkel entered into an oral modification of their written contract whereby Winkel was to receive a higher salary and a profit-sharing bonus. During the next year, Winkel received the increased salary. However, a disagreement arose, and Winkel sued to recover the profit-sharing bonus. Under Montana law, a written contract can be altered only in writing or by an executed oral agreement. Dr. Vranich argued that the contract could not be enforced because it was not in writing. Does Winkel receive the profit-sharing bonus? Did Dr. Vranich act ethically in raising the defense that the contract was not in writing? Winkel v. Family Health Care, P.C. , 205 Mont. 40, 668 P.2d 208, Web 1983 Mont. Lexis 785 (Supreme Court of Montana) Answer A written contract can be altered by an another written contract or a verbal contract as long as it has been executed. Both parties have to agree. The question in this case is if both parties agreed to this oral contract. As stated in the information presented above part of the oral agreement was executed, Winkel did received an increase in his salary, which
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2011 for the course BUSINESS L business l taught by Professor Businesslaw during the Spring '11 term at Keller Graduate School of Management.

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