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Cantrell-Waind & Associates, Inc. v. Guillaume Motorsports, Inc.

Arkansas Court of Appeals
968 S.W.2d 72 (1998)


Facts

Guillaume Motorsports, Inc. (Guillaume) (defendant) agreed to lease property to Kenneth and Kay Bower in a transaction brokered by Cantrell-Waind & Associates, Inc. (CW) (plaintiff). The terms of the contract included a purchase option that the Bowers could exercise for a two-year period beginning August 1, 1994. The agreement further provided that CW would receive a commission if the option were exercised, provided that the purchase closed by August 1, 1996. In April 1996, the Bowers notified Guillaume that they were exercising the option and that they wished to close as soon as possible. Todd Williams, Guillaume’s president and owner, asked them to delay the closing until after August 1, but they did not agree. All conditions to the purchase were met by July 19, 1996. When the Bowers sought to close at that time, however, they were informed that Williams was out of the country and would not return until after August 1. In actuality, Williams was in the country and available. The closing occurred on August 14, 1996. When CW was not paid its commission, it sued Guillaume for breach of contract. Guillaume moved for summary judgment, which the circuit court granted on the grounds that Guillaume had no duty to close before August. CW appealed.

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