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Chamberlin v. Puckett Construction Co.

Montana Supreme Court
921 P.2d 1237 (1996)


Facts

Puckett Construction Co. (Puckett) (defendant) was the general contractor on a hotel construction project. Puckett sent a signed subcontractor agreement to Randall Chamberlin (plaintiff) of Custom Framing, to perform the framing work on the project. Chamberlin made changes to the agreement, initialed each change, signed the subcontractor agreement, and returned it to Puckett. A Puckett representative initialed the changes to the agreement. Before the start of work on the project, Chamberlin notified Puckett that Custom Framing would not begin work until the owner of Puckett personally initialed the changes that Chamberlin had made to the subcontractor agreement. Puckett then notified Custom Framing that it would not be hiring Custom Framing for the project and hired a different subcontractor for the framing work. Chamberlin sued Puckett for breach of contract. The district court directed a verdict in favor of Puckett.

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