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invoice, is silent on how the parties will resolve any disputes. Oddly enough, the buyer, Malden Mills, the party proposing the arbitration provision, and its insurers, now seek to avoid an arbitral forum. 3 ways a contract can be formed ‘‘First, if the parties exchange forms with divergent terms, yet the seller’s invoice does not state that its acceptance is made ‘expressly condi- tional’ on the buyer’s assent to any additional or different terms in the invoice, a contract is formed [under subsection (1) of §2–207].’’ ‘‘Second, if the seller does make its accep- tance ‘expressly conditional’ on the buyer’s assent to any additional or divergent terms in the seller’s invoice, the invoice is merely a counteroffer, and a contract is formed [under subsection (1) of §2– 207] only when the buyer expresses its affirmative acceptance of the seller’s counterof- fer.’’ Third, ‘‘where for any reason the exchange of forms does not result in contract formation (e.g., the buyer ‘expressly limits acceptance to the terms of [its offer]’ under §2–207(2)(a), or the buyer does not accept the seller’s coun- teroffer under the second clause of §2–207[1]), a contract nonetheless is formed [under subsection (3) of §2–207]
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if their subsequent conduct—for instance, the seller ships and the buyer accepts the goods—demonstrates that the parties believed that a binding agreement had been formed.’’ Contract formed under subsection 3. Bayer argues that the terms of the contract were determined through the principles of subsection 2. Contracts formed through conduct, not writing Where a contract is formed by the parties’ conduct (as opposed to writings), as is the case here, the terms of the contract are determined exclusively by subsection (3) of §2– 207. “The terms of the particular contract consist of those terms on which the writings of the parties agree, together with any supplementary terms incorporated under any other provisions of this chapter.’’ Thus, the judge correctly concluded, under subsection (3) of §2–207, that the arbitration provision in Malden Mills’s purchase orders did not become a term of the parties’ contract. The arbitration provision was not common to both Malden Mills’s purchase orders and Bayer’s invoices. (2)- Seller agrees to make the sale as long as buyer accepts the terms of the seller, contract is formed. The terms and conditions of the contracts do not explicitly state that they accepted each other’s terms and conditions. However, a contract is formed since Bayer sent the items and Malden Mills accepted. Exchange of forms does not result in contract formation. (3) Cannot be (1) because Bayer’s invoices made it a condition that Malden Mills agree to “additional or different” terms. Cannot be (2) because Malden Mills never expressed “affirmative acceptance” of any of Bayer’s invoices. Contract was not created because Malden Mills demanded Bayer to accept Malden’s terms. Notwithstanding- despite, however, nevertheless. (Ignore everything else)
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  • Spring '13
  • Prof.NormanBerle
  • Malden Mills, Principal- Clark Coleman, Jane Pittsley

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